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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 13th September, 2021)

Muck Spreader on Standish Hall Farm Field


Muck Spreader on Standish Hall Farm Field
On the morning (September 9th) Mick Byrne's image of a Shevington muck spreader appeared on Photo-a-Day, I smelled an odour in the air - and a walk near the old Hermitage revealed its source. One of three machines working ahead of the plough which was in the field in front of the distant trees.

Photo: David Long  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Fred Mason on 13th September 2021 at 00:53

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.

Comment by: Mick on 13th September 2021 at 07:21

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.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th September 2021 at 08:09

Enough to drive some folk into hiding ....

Comment by: Anne on 13th September 2021 at 08:44

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?

Comment by: Rev David Long on 13th September 2021 at 09:35

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....

Comment by: Elizabeth on 13th September 2021 at 09:40

More to the point,what are we,the general public,being fed on???

Comment by: Mick on 13th September 2021 at 09:47

Ann if you notice the cows all have diarrhea from the food they are being fed. this why you dont see cow pats anymore,

Comment by: PeterP on 13th September 2021 at 10:21

Most manuring is now done with liquid manure from a slurry tank and some slurry has the human residue from the sewerage reprocessing tanks

Comment by: Anne on 13th September 2021 at 11:00

Rev David….
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

Comment by: Mick on 13th September 2021 at 11:24

I don't know why the farm have widened to track near to were the rapeseed oil stall was located

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 13th September 2021 at 12:37

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.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 13th September 2021 at 13:29

Is Shevvy to the left of the photo Mick, and Standish to the right ?

Comment by: Linma on 13th September 2021 at 15:14

Peterp, your absolutely right.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th September 2021 at 15:19

Saw what you did there Standisher .....

Comment by: Mick on 13th September 2021 at 16:36

Stan your a local so you should know.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 13th September 2021 at 18:34

And not a Wine Bar in sight, ( yet ) :)

Comment by: Pat McC on 13th September 2021 at 20:28

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.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 13th September 2021 at 22:48

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.

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