Net Zero Farm
The National Pig Centre offers an opportunity to integrate livestock farming into a mixed agricultural system to fully investigate sustainable livestock methods that are both resilient, and profitable. It allows us to explore optimal ways to utilise waste to produce energy, support crop growth and soil health, and promote circular systems that improve the overall environmental impact of the farm and help UK agriculture reach its net-zero target.
Some of the research at the University Research Farm is looking at ways in which the waste produced from the farm (slurry) can be used in a safe and sustainable way as part of a circular economy, reducing reliance upon inorganic fertilisers. When we are thinking about applying slurry to land, it is important that we consider what the slurry contains, so that we can minimise risks and maximise the use of this valuable, natural fertiliser.
Our partners can benefit from use of the University Research Farm as a testbed for agricultural, ecological, Earth and environmental research. Take our 3D tour: https://gfei.imnet.uk/