• 15:00-15:30
  • TrimBot2020 workshop

Transferring manure from livestock farms to be used as fertilizer in crop fields

  • Dr. Andreas Kamilaris
  • University of Twente

Intensive livestock production might have a negative environmental impact, by producing large amounts of animal dejections, which, if not properly managed, can contaminate nearby water bodies with nutrient excess. However, if the animal manure could be transferred to nearby crop farms, to be used as a fertilizer for the crops, then the problem of pollution/contamination would be mitigated, transforming manure from a waste to a resource. This valorization of manure from waste to a resource falls within the principles of circular economy, but the transportation of manure also comes at an environmental and economic cost. It is a single-objective optimization problem, in regards to nding the best solution for the logistics process of satisfying nutrient crops needs by means of
livestock manure. This paper proposes a centralized optimal algorithm (COA) to solve the problem, based on a realistic simulator that considers numerous
real-world constraints, which have not been addressed by related work.