Photo-a-Day (Monday, 13th September, 2021)
Muck Spreader on Standish Hall Farm Field
Photo: David Long (iPhone)
So, that's what a muck spreader looks like, and here's me thinking it was a chap that I used to work for.
Good pic, Rev.
Up here in Shevy ,last week when it hot we had to close our windows because of the muck spreading stink coming up from the fields in Appley Bridge.
Enough to drive some folk into hiding ....
Great piles of it just over my garden wall ready to spread. Even though it has been there for several weeks not a whiff. What have those cows been fed on?
The sad thing about this pic is what is now missing - the hawthorn hedge which once ran along the side of this field - where the nearer fence behind the tractor is now. It was full of wildlife,, and a natural safe run for hedgehogs and the like - but then it was suddenly ripped out two years ago so that the track could be widened. I don't know why they chose to rip the hedge up, rather than simply move the further fence back the required distance - but I believe the farmer here claims to farm sympathetically with Nature....
More to the point,what are we,the general public,being fed on???
Ann if you notice the cows all have diarrhea from the food they are being fed. this why you dont see cow pats anymore,
Most manuring is now done with liquid manure from a slurry tank and some slurry has the human residue from the sewerage reprocessing tanks
Maybe it’s to do with the acreage of land he has and the rules governing the percentage to be cultivated and grants he will receive for x number of acres
I don't know why the farm have widened to track near to were the rapeseed oil stall was located
I thought these days farmers weren't allowed to rip out hedges. Here miles of hedging are being reinstated, that said , I don't think farmers have to pay the full cost, probably get a grant if they will do it. Not much dairy farming in this part of Nth Norfolk ....but we get the whiff of pigs & chicken manure. Great mountains of chicken manure at the edges of fields waiting to be spread at this time of year.
Is Shevvy to the left of the photo Mick, and Standish to the right ?
Peterp, your absolutely right.
Saw what you did there Standisher .....
Stan your a local so you should know.
And not a Wine Bar in sight, ( yet ) :)
I read that if slurry gets into water courses, the ammonia could kill fish, insects, etc living there.
Intensive farming has its downside like lots of other industries which are trying to cater to the public's demand for more and cheaper.
There was certainly a very strong pong of ammonia coming off that muck - which had been amassed in piles around the fields over the winter. I think it was from human sewerage farms, rather than farmyard manure.