An estimated 260,000 tonnes of poultry litter are produced in Northern Ireland each year, leading to the problem of how to dispose of the product. Until recently poultry farmers have relied on arable farmers to take the lion’s share of the litter, but a new solution is now up and running, as we discover

Northern Ireland may be quite a small country but it is saturated with chicken houses mostly built in the boom years of the poultry industry. While the overall flock size keeps on growing year on year, the  problem of how to handle the mountain of litter produced from the birds intensifies.