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To improve soil health and increase crop yields, the best place to start is with your slurry. Using SlurryBugs slurry additives works the BioCircle to your advantage.

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SlurryBugs®

SlurryBugs® slurry additive contains a unique blend of bacteria and fungus, individually selected due to their high lignocellulosic activities. This means they work together synergistically to break down the fibrous content of your slurry by attacking its individual components at a molecular level. Not only does this prevent the undigested fibre from tangling into a web that can otherwise slowly accumulate into a crust, but it also releases these nutrients back into the available liquid portion of the slurry, making more nutrients available as a fertiliser resource.

Recommended Treatment

SlurryBugs® slurry inoculants are intended to treat the entire volume of slurry for the duration of its storage. The bacteria are dosed at the start of storage, allowing them to rapidly colonise the store. They quickly start digesting any existing crust from underneath, and continue to break down any new fibrous material as soon as it is added to the store. If slurry is removed during the storage period, this will take the microorganisms out with it, so any extra slurry added back into the store will need a top up of SlurryBugs®.

 Treat with SlurryBugs® for just £0.40 per treated tonne!

Slurry Additive / Slurry Inoculant

Treating slurry with SlurryBugs® helps to:

Breaks down crust to liquefy slurry

2 Years of Defra Backed Research

Breaks Down Fibrous Slurry Under Covers

Increases Fertiliser Nutrient Recovery

Maximises Slurry Storage Capacity

Simple and Easy Dosing

The graph shows the increase in nutrient content of Slurry when using SlurryBugs® compared to an untreated control

"Slurry Bugs certainly reduced the crust. Mixing was much quicker, reducing time and diesel costs. Very happy with the results."

Mark Hunter, Scottish Dairy FarmerWest Tarbrax Farm, Lanarkshire

Each bag of SlurryBugs can treat 500,000 L (500 m3 or 110,000 gallons) of slurry for the duration of its storage.

Pour the entire contents of the sachets into a bucket of warm (not hot) water and mix thoroughly until the water becomes cloudy, 1 pot requires ~10L of water. Some of the microorganisms have been dried onto a granular substrate which is not soluble, so do not worry about this sedimenting at the bottom. Pour the cloudy mixture into the collection tank, channels, slats, or directly into the store at the point where fresh slurry is emptied into lagoons. This will promote a better mixing across the whole store.

– Winter Treatment:
Based on the volume of slurry you intend to collect, the entire winter requirement of SlurryBugs should be dosed all at once, when your store is at its lowest capacity, ideally after your final spreading in autumn.
– Summer Treatment:
It is advisable to keep a low level of slurry in your store over summer to maintain the microorganism population for the next season. Some customers prefer to add a second dose of SlurryBugs during this time to prevent crust formation during the hot dry weather.

SlurryBugs® Maintenance

On stores without existing crusting issues, SlurryBugs® Maintenance can be used as an insurance policy to prevent any crust formation and to keep the slurry homogeneous. SlurryBugs® Maintenance contains a lower concentration of microorganisms and only 4 of the 5 strains.

Recommended Treatment
SlurryBugs® slurry inoculants are intended to treat the entire volume of slurry for the duration of its storage. The bacteria are dosed at the start of storage, allowing them to rapidly colonise the store. They quickly start digesting any existing crust from underneath, and continue to break down any new fibrous material as soon as it is added to the store. If slurry is removed during the storage period, this will take the microorganisms out with it, so any extra slurry added back into the store will need a top up of SlurryBugs®.

 Treat with SlurryBugs® Maintenance for just £0.40 per treated tonne!

Slurry Additive / Slurry Inoculant

Treating slurry with SlurryBugs® Maintenance helps to:

Simple and Easy Dosing

Prevents Crusting Under Covers

Maximises slurry storage capacity

Increases usable fertiliser nutrients

Each bag of SlurryBugs can treat 500,000 L (500 m3 or 110,000 gallons) of slurry for the duration of its storage.

Pour the entire contents of the sachets into a bucket of warm (not hot) water and mix thoroughly until the water becomes cloudy, 1 pot requires ~10L of water. Some of the microorganisms have been dried onto a granular substrate which is not soluble, so do not worry about this sedimenting at the bottom. Pour the cloudy mixture into the collection tank, channels, slats, or directly into the store at the point where fresh slurry is emptied into lagoons. This will promote a better mixing across the whole store.

– Winter Treatment:
Based on the volume of slurry you intend to collect, the entire winter requirement of SlurryBugs should be dosed all at once, when your store is at its lowest capacity, ideally after your final spreading in autumn.
– Summer Treatment:
It is advisable to keep a low level of slurry in your store over summer to maintain the microorganism population for the next season. Some customers prefer to add a second dose of SlurryBugs during this time to prevent crust formation during the hot dry weather.

Slurry Analysis Service

At EnviroSystems, we know the value of Slurry and work with our customers to try and maximise its value as an organic fertiliser. To do that, farmers need to understand exactly what is in their slurry to determine application rates, ensure they are keeping within the RB209 limits, and to calculate how much bought-in fertiliser they need to top up their fields with.

Our analysis service is designed to help farmers fully understand what they have and how it can be used. Our analysis is carried out by NRM laboratories, but we then interpret the data they produce and package it up into a user-friendly format, to make understanding it easier for the farmer. 

We rate your slurry data against the RB209 range, and give it a rating of High, Average or Low. We then colour code these ratings to make it easy to see whether a value outside of the recommended limits needs to be monitored, or responded to urgently. We then convert the raw data into spreading rates of kg/m3 or lb/1000 gallons, meaning it’s easy for farmers to calculate how much they need to spread, using whichever format they are comfortable with.

We also calculate the amount of Nitrogen in plant available forms, and give this a rating against the RB209 standard ranges, and an approximate m3 volume that would replace 1 tonne of ammonium nitrate. Finally, we calculate the approximate N-P-K ratio of your slurry, making it easy to see whether you have an unbalanced organic fertiliser.

To what extent can SlurryBugs® reduce crust formation

Over a 2 year development phase supported by funding from Defra and Innovate UK, rigorous scientific trials showed that the combination of bacteria and fungus in SlurryBugs® was able to reduce the accumulated crust weight by 29% over a 3-month period.

This reduction can help to prevent crusts forming under covered slurry stores, which is paramount in facilitating the successful introduction of covers as part of Defra’s ammonia reduction strategy.

How does SlurryBugs® impact your slurry's nutrients?

SlurryBugs has increased Nitrogen by 43%.

Ammonium Nitrogen by 21%.

Phosphorous by 48%.

Potassium by 17%.

The video compares slurry treated with SlurryBugs® & untreated slurry.

SlurryBugs in action ...

See what Edward Towers thinks about
SlurryBugs®

Lancashire Farm before treatment
with SlurryBugs®

Lancashire Farm after 1 week of treatment
with SlurryBugs®

Lancashire Farm after 4 weeks of treatment
with SlurryBugs®

SLURRYBUGS CALCULATOR

Use this simple calculator to work out how many bags of SlurryBugs you will need

SlurryBugs® FYM Booster

Feed the microorganisms naturally present in FYM using this precise formulation created by micro-biologists.

Very simply, FYM Booster speeds up the multiplication of these microorganisms, which are naturally present in FYM, and raises their metabolic rate.

The result is manure that is easier to spread, reduced diesel consumption, along with heightened bioavailability of plant nutrients and a decrease in the presence of flies

Slurry Additive / Slurry Inoculant

Everyone in livestock farming knows that one of the main differences between fresh and well-rotted manure is the smell. One can be strong and borderline offensive, the other is a more earthy compost-like odour. Another difference, of course, is time…probably six to 12 months for the rotting process to take place naturally.

It is possible to speed up the decomposition of FYM into a well-rotted compost over a matter of weeks rather than months. The secret is feeding the bacteria and fungi responsible for the rotting process with a supply of readily available macro and micro nutrients.

Available in 10-litre drums each one sufficient for treating 100m3 (about 100 tonnes) of FYM.

“We’ve used it, tested the muck coming out of the shed, then again after we’d added the FYM Booster and stored it
NP&K were well up and it went into the ground a lot quicker, there was a visible line on the field where the treated muck had been spread”

Mike Crawshawfrom North Wales
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SlurryBugs® should be mixed in a large bucket of warm water and left for 20 minutes prior to application to slurry.
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SlurryBugs® must always be applied to the liquid slurry and not the crust.
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Dosing can take place in collection tanks, channels and slats or at the point where fresh slurry is emptied into lagoons or stores.
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For best results, treatment needs to take place regularly, to keep the bacterial populations high.