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PROVACUNO promotes the beef sector towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

The Spanish beef cattle sector, led by PROVACUNO, is involved in several projects aimed at meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). An example of this commitment is the study promoted by PROVACUNO, which will allow the sector to understand and standardize the fertilizer value of livestock manure.

Posted on Jul 06 ,00:10

PROVACUNO promotes the beef sector towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

On June 6, the agrocomposting project was presented at the facilities of the Ivars d'Urgell Cooperative. The presentation was given by Javier López, director of PROVACUNO, together with researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the Miguel Hernández University (UMH). These researchers have carried out field tests on five farms in different autonomous communities, two of them in Catalonia.

Bovine manure has great fertilising potential, so optimising its management and understanding its composition are key aspects for its valorisation. In addition, manure management must be linked to the application of a compendium of best available techniques (BAT), some of which are currently being studied, with the aim of contributing to the mitigation of climate change. In this research, compost piles have been monitored using various structuring agents and additives, obtaining promising results. The aim is to design improved and viable protocols for manure management, considering that its composition can vary significantly depending on multiple factors. In the second part of the day, the Agromont facilities were visited, where the composting process is carried out on the farm.

The first results have shown that compost generation contributes to the recycling of nutrients within the framework of a circular economy. As Raúl Moral, a researcher at the UMH, pointed out, "livestock farming is key to achieving fertilizer sovereignty in our country", and thus reducing dependence on synthetic fertilizers.

Understanding and monitoring the manure management and composting process allows for the production of nutrient-rich biofertilizers, while minimizing ammonia and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In other words, the less losses the product experiences throughout the process, the greater its nutritional value and, therefore, its market value. Obtaining a product with a good fertilizer value contributes to reducing the carbon footprint and can generate new income that improves the competitiveness of livestock farming.

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