A farm scale study on the use of De-Odorase for reducing odour and ammonia emissions from intensive fattening piggeries

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Amon, M., Dobeic, M., Misselbrook, T. H., Pain, B. F., Phillips, V. R. and Sneath, R. W. 1995. A farm scale study on the use of De-Odorase for reducing odour and ammonia emissions from intensive fattening piggeries. Bioresource Technology. 51, pp. 163-169. https://doi.org/10.1016/0960-8524(94)00107-C

AuthorsAmon, M., Dobeic, M., Misselbrook, T. H., Pain, B. F., Phillips, V. R. and Sneath, R. W.
Abstract

An experiment was mounted at a large fattening piggery
in Slovenia, during which different groups each of 600
weaned pigs were housed and grown in different fattening rooms for 60 days 05"oreage 24 days to age 84 days). All rooms were mechanically ventilated and had fully- slatted floors with slurry channels beneath. De-Odorase®* was added to the diet of the treated groups of pigs at the rates recommended by the suppfiers, e.g. for grower feed, 65 g/t. De-Odorase® was also added daily (3"2 g suspended in 10 I of water) to the upstream ends of the slurry channels. Once a week, the ammonia concentration in the air inside each fattening room was measured at each of four positions, using Drager tubes, and the ventilation rate was computed from the cross-sectional area of each fan outlet and the average velocity of the air emerging from each. Also, air samples were taken from immediately outside three of the fans serving each room, and their odour concentrations were measured by olfactometry. Hence, weekly values of emission rates of both ammonia and odour could be calculated. Ammonia concentration was significantly lower (P = 0.001) in the De-Odorase®-treated buildings than in the control buildings. The average reduction in ammonia concentration over a 7 week period was 26%. Ammonia emission rate was also reduced by 26% through the use of the additive. This reduction was significant at P=0.048. Neither odour concentration nor odour emission rate was significantly reduced through the use of the additive. The additive did not significantly influence the rate of live-weight gain by the pigs.

KeywordsPigs; Piggeries; Additives; Odours; Ammonia; Yucca extract
Year of Publication1995
JournalBioresource Technology
Journal citation51, pp. 163-169
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/0960-8524(94)00107-C
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderRothamsted Research
Funder project or code59
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online1995
PublisherElsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN0960-8524

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