Livestock manure; production, transport and use, key figures

Livestock manure; production, transport and use, key figures

Manure and nutrients Periods Use of livestock manure in agriculture (million kg)
Total manure types 2023* .
Nitrogen (N) 2023* .
Phosphate (P205) 2023* .
Source: CBS.
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This table comprises information about livestock manure production and production of nitrogen and phosphate in manure. It also includes data on excreted nitrogen that evaporates as ammonia and other nitrogen compounds or is removed as rinsing water from air scrubbers. The use of nitrogen and phosphate in agricultural holdings is calculated from the manure production and the difference between supply and removal of manure. The use of manure is related to the available spreading area based on fertilising standards.

Data available from: 1950.

Status of the figures:
Final figures;
New insights in calculation methodologies can lead to recalculation of the time series.

Changes as of 15 march 2024:
Final figures on manure transport, manure processing and net exports in 2022 have been added. Provisional figures on manure production in 2023 have been added. Manure transports of slurry and solid manure with amounts of nitrogen and phosphate based on fixed values have been replaced with amounts based on analysed manure retrospectively to 2010. Before 2010, this is not possible with the available data. Classifications of postal codes and municipalities to regional classifications such as the National Monitoring network Manure policy (LMM) and manure regions have been updated, giving a better picture of transports to and from farms. The processing of registered data on manure transports (Dutch: VDM) has been harmonised for the period 2010-2022. This has led to changes in the volume of manure transports between farms. Finally, due to new insights into the extent of gaseous nitrogen losses in stables, figures on nitrogen in manure and figures on manure transports between farms and manure use have changed throughout the time series.

When will new figures be published?
In the second quarter of 2024 final data on manure production in 2023 will be added.

Description topics

Use of livestock manure in agriculture
Use of nitrogen and phosphate in animal manure on agricultural holdings. Use is calculated as production of manure on agricultural holdings plus supply of manure to agricultural holdings minus removal of manure from agricultural holdings. The use of manure comprises the spreading of stored manure by means of application techniques and the manure produced by livestock during grazing.