Do you want to reduce on farm emissions?

On farm emissions… what are they and more importantly what, if anything, can be done about them?

Agriton UK develop, manufacture and source a range of products aimed at creating a sustainable future for all. Agriton’s range of products achieve environmental and commercial synergy as they achieve the same, or better, performance without the environmentally damaging side effects. 

 

Whats wrong with lime?

Lime or Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) is used on farm in cubicles for disinfection, with the goal being to kill mastitis causing bacteria.

What people do not realise is that 1000kgs of lime can react chemically to release up to 440kgs off CO2.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is the primary greenhouse gas, responsible for about three-quarters of emissions. It can linger in the atmosphere for thousands of years. It is one of the Green House Gases under the spot light and farmers will be expected to lower their CO2 emissions. Additional to the release of CO2 Lime can also release Nitrogen in the form of Ammonia. Ammonia is another Green House Gas that not only leads to global warming but is also a loss of Nitrogen. Nitrogen that farmers then buy back in the form of Ammonium Nitrate (NH4NO3).

How Lime works

In the cubicles lime (CaCO3) reacts with Ammonium (NH4) and Water (H2O) to release Ammonia (NH3) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2).

2(NH4) + CaCO3 = 2(NH3) + H2O + CO2 + Ca

This means that 1000kgs of lime can release up to 280kgs of Nitrogen and 440kgs Carbon Dioxide.

What can we do about it?

Lime can be replaced in the cubicles with Vulkamin Bedding Powder. Vulkamin is a naturally occurring antiseptic powder that binds elements rather than reacting with them. Using Vulkamin does not release any CO2 yet is still effective at killing mastitis causing bacteria.

To find out more about the benefits of Vulkamin or other ways in which you can reduce emissions please do not hesitate to contact us today!

 

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