Reducing cow urine nitrate leaching with Spikey-applied ORUN
Organisation: Pastoral Robotics Ltd
Grant Number: A17034
Grant Amount: $20,000
Pastoral Robotics Limited has dedicated itself to developing technology to address nitrate leaching whilst increasing the productivity of pastoral farming. Spikey® S1S, their first commercial product, has been developed to detect and treat cow urine patches with additives that stimulate the recovery of urine-nitrogen by pasture for more growth, rather than being leached into waterways as nitrate.
Spikey® detects and treats the urine patches when pulled over the paddock in a ‘follow the cows’ manner (daily after the cows are shifted to a fresh paddock). The treatment formula, ORUN®, encourages more grass growth which utilises the excess nitrogen, recycling it through the farming system. Spikey can also be used in conjunction with ONEsystem fertiliser urea technology to reduce the amount of fertiliser nitrogen required to maintain the current of farm production.
AGMARDT funding allowed PRL to undertake three plot trials of our ORUN treatment system on farms in different regions (Canterbury, Manawatu and Rotorua). These trials have led directly to our first system sale to a consortium of farmers in the Rotorua region. They have also added considerably to the depth of our knowledge and led to significant refinements in our treatment system.
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