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Good Soil Management Practice Guide Now Available

04 August 2014

UK - BPEX’s ‘Good Soil Management Practice – A Guide For Outdoor Pig Keeping’ is now available for producers to order.

“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,” says Nigel Penlington, BPEX’s environment programme manager.

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 sub soiling 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 is important that farmers understand the important principles of soil loosening practice that are outlined in the guide,” explains Mr Penlington.

“We know the guide is in demand,” he says. “This is really encouraging because it demonstrates that producers are always looking for ways to improve their current systems and boost productivity.”

The Good Soil Management Practice guide is available to download from: www.bpex.org.uk/environment-hub/soil-water/Soil.aspx. Alternatively, free copies can be ordered by emailing kt@bpex.ahdb.org.uk

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