"Where to put the manure?", horse owners and breeders ask themselves. After all, a farm with 45 horses produces several hundred tonnes of horse manure every year. The solution: recycling instead of disposal, circular economy instead of waste management. With an innovative fermentation plant from PÖTTINGER, for example, horse manure is fermented into high-quality farm fertiliser within just three weeks. In addition, methane gas is produced in a climate-neutral way, which can be used as a flexible energy source for heating, electricity or fuel.
Such a plant is in operation at the German Schmid horse farm:
"The up to 70 horses in our horse farm are supplied with feed from our own cultivation as far as possible. In order to be as independent as possible from expensive commercial fertilisers, we decided to use a Pöttinger fermentation plant, which converts our horse manure into high-quality farm fertiliser," says Mr Schmid, managing director of the horse farm.
In addition to producing raw compost and biogas, a PÖTTINGER Fermenter system has many other advantages:
- No odour nuisance during the fermentation process.
- More turnover on existing land
- Improvement of the CO2 balance
- Promotion of soil fertility
- Improvement of the C/N ratio
- Economic benefits, such as revenues from biogas utilisation and sale of the fermentation residue
- Savings on energy and heat costs for own use