Slurry, be it cattle or pig slurry, is a valuable source of organic nutrients, particularly phosphorus and potassium. Depending on the soil index levels, the soil’s demand for phosphate and potash may be met entirely from the slurry. Slurry is a very important input and it can have a very large impact on soil fertility.
Sampling and sending your slurry to IAS Laboratories couldn’t be easier. Simply collect 1 litre of agitated slurry for sending into the lab. If you have a few tanks, it’s best to keep the samples separate, as our results have shown huge variants from different tanks in the same farm.
Our test determines the levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and dry matter that your slurry contains, reported in units per 1000 gallons.
Notes for taking Slurry Sample:
Slurry Samples should be taken from an agitated tank. Please ensure you follow all relevant Health & Safety guidelines and advice on agitating Slurry.
Sample should be taken below the surface in the tank using a sampling pole. The sample should be placed in a Robust plastic container (1L size). Squeeze bottle to expel surplus slurry to allow for any gas build-up during transportation. The container should be securely sealed with a lid. Once the bottle is clean and dry it is advisable to tape the lid sealed. Double bag the sample before transporting it to the Lab.
If sending more than one sample – please label sample appropriately (Slatted shed/ Outdoor Tank etc)
Please enclose this sample sheet with your sample.
When combined with soil sampling, slurry analysis will give you a more accurate picture of the fields that require slurry and whether or not your fertiliser bill can be reduced.
Contact us at [email protected] or on 059 9721022 to book in your tests.