The work in MANURE STANDARDS was organised in five work packages.
WP1 included project administration and communication, while the actual content was in WPs 2-5.
WP2 developed joint guidelines for manure sampling and analysis and collection of information on manure management practices on farms.
WP3 focused on joint principles of mass balance calculation of manure, starting from animal feeding and excretion to manure after housing and after storage.
WP4 assessed the impacts of using the manure data developed: how should the data be used in nutrient bookkeeping, are there changes in manure-related emissions when using the new data and will the farm economy by altered.
WP5 made sure the different target groups involved, farmers, advisors, authorities, policymakers and researchers, engage in a true dialogue and the methods, data and recommendations produced truly reply to their needs. The ultimate aim was to plan the implementation of the joint guidelines and thus create a level playing field for all farmers and countries for effective manure use.