Manure is a valuable resource but also a risk for emissions. It should be managed efficiently to make use of the valuable nutrients and to minimise emissions.
Manure management and policies directing it are based on data on manure quantity and quality. Manure nutrient content determines its fertiliser use. Manure processing is planned according to farm-specific or regional manure data. For equality between farms and countries, harmonised guidelines for how manure data is produced are needed.
Manure Standards is two-year (10/2017–09/2019) EUSBSR Flagship project aiming to provide farmers, advisors, authorities and policy-makers enhanced capacity to govern and to turn manure use towards improved sustainability and resource-efficiency.
Manure Standards is coordinated by Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and includes partners from 9 countries around the Baltic Sea: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Estonia. Check the list of partners here.
The national broadcasting company of Portugal, RTP, visited one of Manure Standards’ pilot farms in autumn 2018. Check from the video the interviews with our project manager, Sari Luostarinen, and farmer Henrik Jensen.