Agriculture and waste management

Agriculture in both Ireland and Wales comprises strong dairy and beef industries. These industries are significant producers and exporters to global markets, as well as major rural employers. Currently, there are an estimated 1.4 and 0.5 million dairy cows in Ireland and Wales, respectively, and these cows excrete up to 40-60kg of waste per cow per day. The waste includes a mixture of organic solids, nitrogen, potassium and phosphate. Storage and further management of this resource does involve serious costs for farmers.

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