What does a chicken farmer from Gingin and a Gabbin broadacre cropping enterprise have in common? A great deal it seems!
Over the past two years we have been following the journey of two very different businesses who have formed a unique partnership to create a closed supply chain.
A Gingin egg producer imported Japanese technology to convert chicken manure, bird waste and cracked eggs into compost. The Gabbin farmer wanted to find a replacement for synthetic fertiliser so he embarked on a trial with the composted chicken manure and the crop outperformed all other treatments.
The downside is that it takes a lot of compost to provide the nutrients needed which is expensive to transport. The egg producer needs grain to feed their birds, the Gabbin farmer produces grain so now the egg producer buys grain from the farmer who trucks it to Gingin and backloads the composted chicken manure. The egg producer particularly likes the grain as it is produced in a low chemical system, it’s a win-win situation.
Hear about the trial on both sides from the participants themselves in these great videos:
This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.