It’s rare to find a product that does exactly what it says on the tin (or tub in this case), but Epizym does

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Perry Beard

Manor Farm, Gloucester

Dairy farmer - 140 plus followers (what does this mean?)

What prompted you to use Epizym?

Three years ago, during a conversation with a farm supplies distributor, I complained about the crust on my lagoon and the fact that it was taking a long time to stir. Smell had become an issue as well as I’m right on the outskirts of a village. Some years prior I’d had complaints about smell when I was spreading the slurry onto the land.

The distributor suggested I try a slurry digester, as it would help with both the smell and the crust problems. I thought ‘why not, try it once’, because if it worked, I’d have two problems solved in one go. If it didn’t work, I wouldn’t have wasted much money on it anyway.

What happened next?

I’d emptied the lagoon in the September and put the Epizym into it in November, when it only had a small amount of slurry in it. After what seemed like a short time, maybe a few weeks, I could see a noticeable difference in the crust – it had halved in thickness. When the umbilical contractors came, I didn’t tell them about using the Epizym. However, the difference in the slurry was so apparent, they commented on it as well as on the reduction in smell when spreading.

How much money have you saved?

We now treat our slurry as a valued asset; it’s not a waste product. The Epizym frees up the nitrogen and phosphate improving its value from a fertiliser perspective. We use it after the 1st cut silage instead of bagged fertiliser - saving us buying three or four tons.

Other savings are hard to work out. For example, I’ve definitely saved on time and diesel. Another thing I’m keen to save myself from is hassle, and this has definitely happened since using Epizym.

What other benefits have you noticed?

It’s rare to find a product that does exactly what it says on the tin (or tub in this case) but Epizym does. For the reduction in hassle on the farm it is money well spent.

Would you recommend Epizym products to other farmers?

I would and have. I mentioned it to my neighbour. He tried it and now uses it regularly. The key is having an open mind and giving it a try. It’s well worth the money and has greatly eased slurry management and saved me money on my farm.

Perry Beard
’s Annual Savings

Fertiliser saving £1,680
Less cost of Epizym - £280
TOTAL saving £1,480

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