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Animal Behavior and Welfare
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 2009;22(5): 732-739.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.2009.80417    Published online April 30, 2009.
Kinetics of Chemical Properties and Microbial Quantity in Soil Amended with Raw and Processed Pig Slurry
A. Suresh, Hong L Choi*, Zhukun
Correspondence:  Hong L Choi,
Abstract
Pig slurry is a good soil amendment not only because of its high organic matter content, but also because of its ability to provide various nutrients. The objective of this study was to estimate the influence of raw and processed pig slurry application on pot soil over chemical fertilizer and non-amended control soil. Change in the chemical parameters (pH, organic matter (OM), organic carbon (OC), macro and micronutrients) and microbial mass of the treated soils were monitored over 30 to 90 days. Pot soil was treated with the recommended dose of pig slurry and chemical fertilizer, and was sampled after 30, 60 and 90 days of incubation. The least significanct difference (p<0.05) was observed on Fe, Cu, Zn, available P and K between treatments. All treatments increased N, P and K content and microbial mass of soil over control soil. Interestingly, no significant effects were detected on OM, OC, total bacteria, actinomycetes and fungi mass in soil irrespective of treatments given. However fungal and bacterial counts, as well as available nutrients, were found to be higher in processed slurry (PS)-treated soil compared to other soils. In general a significant correlation existed between the fungal count and OM, OC, Zn, T Kjeldahl N (TKN), available P and K of soil. A strong negative correlation was observed between pH and Fe in soil. This study clearly demonstrated that the use of processed manure as a fertilizer could be a key for sustainable livestock agriculture.
Keywords: Pig Slurry; Chemical Fertilizer; Nutrients; Bacteria; Actinomycetes; Fungi
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