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Muck Northwest timely as survey reveals regulation lack of awareness


With nearly half farmers surveyed by the NFU revealing they will not have enough storage to comply with Nitrate Vulnerable Zone regulations and many already exceeding the 170 kg per hectare limit stipulated,  Muck Northwest on March 15 could not be more timely.

The event, being held at Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Cheshire on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, will take on board soil and nutrient management as well as manure handling and NVZ compliance.

Featuring live machinery demonstration, trade stands and a wealth of information, Muck Northwest is a FREE event for farmers and contractors organised by Harvey Hughes Limited.

Farmers and contractors are being challenged to earn themselves an extra 250 a hectare from the knowledge gained from the event, said Howard Hughes of HarveyHughes Limited.

Manure management is not just about coping with Nitrate Vulnerable Zones its about managing your soils and utilising resources whilst evaluating expenditure on fertilisers and expensive storage facilities to maximise profit.

A huge range of muck and slurry handling machinery, soil conditioning equipment and storage facility options can be seen in action throughout the day with live commentary to help farmers and contractors select the most effective kit.

Trade stands, soil and muck testing demonstration, workshops and discussion forums will provide the latest data to help farmers improve their slurry and muck utilisation.

As well as hosting the event, Reaseheath College this year will place a greater emphasis on skills and knowledge transfer and provide the opportunity to learn about Anaerobic Digestion and how it fits in with nutrient management. Reaseheath has secured part funding for Muck Northwest through the RDPE Livestock North West programme. Fisher German will sponsor the lunchtime discussion forum

Farmers are making huge strides in their muck and nutrient management but there is still room for improvement and scope to reduce costs, Howard said.

For more information, or to exhibit at the event, contact David Harvey at Harvey Hughes Limited on 0161 927 7562 or email

Now in its fifth year, Muck Northwest will feature:

  • The latest kit from exhibitors including: Spreadwise, Shelbourne Reynolds,  Greencrop Irrigation, Cowcare Systems, Harry West (Prees) Ltd, Storth Ltd, Tried & Tested, Envirosystems (UK) Ltd, Malpas Tractors (Wrexham), GT Bunning & Son, HiSpec, Garnett Farms Engineering, JK Ashbrook Ltd. Goodwin Planning Services, T-T Pumps Ltd, Cow Comfort, AHS Ltd, Macrete Ireland Ltd, GH Construction, RVW Pugh, The Glenside Group Ltd,  Vogelsang Ltd, BioAg/ Thomson & Joseph Ltd, Bloor Farmers, RTC, Ameram/Galglass, Rollands Stamford Agricultural Services , Abbey Farm Equipment,  Agricultural Machinery (Nantwich), Tramspread, Agritec, PrimeX, Qualex, Millbury Systems, Tanlake Farm & Machinery Ltd, Phoenix Renewables, Ryetec
  • Live machinery demonstrations including manure spreaders, slurry incorporators, injectors, umbilical systems, trailing shoe applicators, soil aerators, spikers
  • Slurry separators, pumps, presses and slurry storage
  • Alternative slurry and manure management systems including anaerobic digesters
  • Free slurry and soil nutrient analysis – bring your own manure and soil samples

The NFU  survey was carried out from September – November 2010 and was completed by over 150 dairy farmers. The survey can be found at

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