One of the most effective and efficient solutions to improving and enhancing soil across most horticultural, cropping and pastoral enterprises is the appropriate use of deep litter poultry manure. It has been stated that the application of poultry manure will often outperform chemical fertilizers and it will give better results when rain and water are limiting factors. It will have a residual value that will last for many years.
Because of the enormous soil biota (the biologically active powerhouse of soil that includes an incredible diversity of micro organisms) and due to the added calcium, soils of low ph will become more neutral so the range of other minerals already available in the soil will become more usable by plants.
When deep litter poultry manure is applied on nitrogen loving pasture grasses the resulting growth is usually prolific particularly during spring. The colour of pasture will change from pale green to a dark rich lush green.
Orchardists have claimed that their fruit grows larger and shelf life is extended. Strawberry runner producers, particularly in the Toolangi region, have been consistent users of deep litter poultry manure for decades.
Deep litter poultry manure is often the whole balanced package for plants whether it is for pasture, crop, fruit trees or vegetables. On pasture an application will give edible grass growth within several days following rain in growing seasons. Chemical fertilizers often take months to show any sort of result.
It seems the more natural the fertilizer the faster and greater the uptake of nutrients by plants. The use of deep litter poultry manure appears to be increasing in the more high value areas of beef production, horticulture and grain production.