"When it came time to have my liquid manure pit mixed before spreading, I did not mention that I used Plocher H, the slurry treatment and liquid humus developper to treat my slurry. I was curious to see if the contractor who has been mixing my slurry for a few years would see a difference ... And he did indeed see a difference: The slurry is more brown, much easier to stir, the clumps break up easily in the auger, there are bubbles in some places. And the employee in charge of spreading the slurry in the fields noticed that it smelled much less... And during the spreading, it was also observed that the straw was more decomposed than before. So I shared my secret, I use Plocher H to treat my slurry!" R. L. Dairy Farmer, St-Arsène (Quebec)
"Not only are odours reduced in the barn, we have also less toxins in our fodder crops. Since we started using Plocher® products for our slurry in 2009, we only stopped applying them for a year and saw that reproduction problems related to toxins returned as well as mastitis problems." E. R. Dairy Farmer, St-Damase (Quebec)
Placing animal excrement in water in a pit certainly wasn’t designed by nature. In fact, since in nature oxygen plays an active role in the decomposition process, modern agricultural practices are the exact opposite of natural decomposition processes.
Non-treated slurry is anaerobic (non-oxygenated). It is a perfect environment for the detrimental rotting process, growing dangerous pathogenic bacteria like E. coli and salmonella. The anaerobic decomposition also causes fertilizing nutrients to dissolve and separate. The toxic stench of slurry is a sign that something is wrong. The more it smells, the more the farmer is losing money because the fertilizing value is evaporating into the air instead of being available for plants where it is spread. It also indicates that dissolved plant nutrients are leaching through the soil below root level, into groundwaters, to streams, ponds and lakes, thus these modern practices are an important cause of environmental pollution and a drain on the farmers finances.
In past times, farms were smaller as were manure piles. The piles were also taller and narrower allowing some oxygen to infiltrate them. When oxygen is present, friendly and beneficial bacteria, fungus and insects from the farm environment get to work, breaking down the matter, linking the nutrients together in a humus complex and preparing the nutrients to be available as appropriate plant food. This is how nature designed recycling! The fertilizing nutrients are linked in the humus complex, reducing unnecessary loss of fertilizing value into the air and groundwater.
Fortunately, over 35 years ago, Roland Plocher, a wise man in Germany, developed very cost effective natural products for treating slurry, which have biodynamic resonances of oxygen and other elements embedded into carrier materials like calcium carbonate. When applied in the barn and ends up to the slurry pit, it creates the environment for nature’s helpers – beneficial bacteria and fungus from the farm environment – to digest and transform the toxic non-treated slurry into a liquid humus, which is beneficial for soils and crops. This is a financial plus for the farmer and an environmental plus for the region.
Originally called Plocher® G, the new Plocher® H – Slurry treatment and liqiuid humus developer is in fact an improved version of the Plocher® G. It is more concentrated, more efficient, but just as easy to apply..
Slurry treated with Plocher® H
Non-treated liquid manure releases ammoniacal nitrogen. This causes:
Ammoniacal nitrogen is transformed into organic nitrogen.
Generated by the immersion of excrements in water, there is a lack of oxygen. This promotes:
Even in water, Plocher® H oxygenates the slurry.
Savings and much more
Humus is the dark matter which is produced by the decomposition of vegetable and animal matter in the presence of oxygen. Essential in agriculture, it represents the more stable and fertile part of soils. As the slurry cannot support the natural formation of humus it should, therefore, be transformed before being applied as a fertilizer. That is exactly why Plocher® H was developed. How amazing!
We highly recommend that you apply Plocher® H in the animal buildings weekly around the animals for their benefit. This greatly improves the animal’s living space as it enhances hygiene and attracts fewer flies. But you can still only treat your slurry in the pit in three applications if you choose.
For initial treatment
First of all, when getting started with Plocher® H, it is important that you treat what is left in the pit, whether it is one foot or 10 feet of accumulated waste, before applying in the barn. To do this, measure (in meters) the radius of your pit (diameter ÷ 2) and calculate: radius x radius x 3.1416 x height of accumulated slurry. Calculate 15 g/m3 to know this amount of product to apply in the pit (see below to convert ft3 in m3). You can either apply that amount (with water) one time into your pit and mix well or apply 1 kg of product per day in the piston until you have added the total amount necessary. At the same time, pursue your regular chosen treatment (in barn or in pit).
For treatment in barn
To calculate your product dosage, you need to count the total number of AU (Animal Units) of your livestock (1 AU = 500 kg of animal weight): number of animals x their average weight ÷ 500 = number of AU
For attached animals, we suggest mixing the product with water (approx. 15 L/750 g) and applying it in the gutters with a watering can, which we will provide with your first order, every week. For example, for a 100 cow barn, it takes approximately 10 minutes to quickly go up and down the gutters applying the liquid preparation on both inner sides and the bottom. This is done when the gutter is empty so the product can penetrate the surfaces. The manure will then be treated as soon as it falls into the gutter.
For free stall barns, we suggest applying the product with a little water on the bedding weekly before it is distributed. This improves the hygiene of the cow’s resting area. The treated bedding will gradually make its way to the pit.
Dosage: 8 g/AU/week
To find the right dosage, calculate: 8 g x number of AU x total number of weeks of production ÷ 3 applications. Mix with water, then apply on all surfaces where the excrements fall once before pigs arrive, a second time after one-third of the production time, and a last time after two-thirds of production time.
* Product may settle at the bottom of the watering can, it is normal. You can stir with a broomstick handle or other object. The properties of the powder are transferred into the water.
For treatment in pit
For those who only want to treat the pit, calculate 15 g/m3 of slurry that you normally accumulate in your pit. You will apply half of this amount when your pit is empty, a quarter when it’s one-third full and another quarter when it is two-thirds full.
To apply, mix the product with water (around 10 gal/1 kg) and pour the preparation in your pit, holding tank or piston.
To convert between feet and meters:
m3 x 35.135 = ft3
ft3 x 0.02832 = m3
To purchase or ask any question you might have, or if you raise other animals, don’t hesitate to contact one of our specialists at 1 866 348-3258.