BPEX’s Good Soil Management Practice – A Guide For Outdoor Pig Keeping is now available. Over the years, pig keepers and their advisers have learnt to understand and manage the soils they work with, and the new publication seeks to consolidate that knowledge for the benefit of all concerned, in order to help achieve better standards of performance.
“Outdoor pig production represents a significant proportion of the English industry, however, producers of outdoor herds face many challenges, not least the management of soils,” BPEX’s environment programme manager, Nigel Penlington, said. “In many situations, outdoor pig keeping forms part of an arable rotation. For this reason, soil management for each site has to start with the preceding crops, as well as preparing the soil for the following crops.
“The guide consolidates knowledge on the complete soil management process from start to finish. In particular, I would like to draw attention to the sections focusing on the importance of subsoiling.
“Soil loosening, through the subsoiling process, is often needed to undo the effects of compaction and to restore the soil to a good condition. However, if carried out incorrectly, or if the soil is too moist, further damage may occur.
“For this reason, it’s important that farmers understand the important principles of soil loosening practice that are outlined in the guide.
“We know the guide is in demand,” Mr Penlington added. “This is really encouraging because it demonstrates that producers are always looking for ways to improve their current systems and boost productivity.”
The guide can be downloaded from the link below.