The Potential for Hydrolysed Sheep Wool as a Sustainable Source of Fertiliser for Irish Agriculture
|Title:||The Potential for Hydrolysed Sheep Wool as a Sustainable Source of Fertiliser for Irish Agriculture||Authors:||Gillespie, Gary D.; Dada, Oyinlola; McDonnell, Kevin||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12976||Date:||30-Dec-2021||Online since:||2022-07-05T09:50:05Z||Abstract:||Suppressed wool prices in Ireland over the last number of years has led to situations where the cost of shearing animals is greater than the wools’ value, leading to net losses per animal for farmers. Populations of sheep in Ireland and nutrient values of wool from literature sources were used to determine the quantity of nutrients that could be produced on an annual basis using hydrolysis techniques. Results of this study suggest that up to 15.8% of the nitrogen required to produce Ireland’s cereal crops can be met annually using hydrolysed sheep wool in an economically feasible manner along with considerable amounts of sulphur, zinc, and copper. Most of the cost associated with the process is the purchasing of wool from farmers at an economically favourable level for farmers. Based on the spatial distribution of these animals, the town of Athlone is the most suitable location for a processing facility.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||MDPI||Journal:||Sustainability||Volume:||14||Issue:||1||Start page:||1||End page:||12||Copyright (published version):||2021 The Authors||Keywords:||Sheep; Wool; Organic fertiliser; Soil amendment; Sustainable circular economy; Hydrolysis||DOI:||10.3390/su14010365||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed||ISSN:||2071-1050||This item is made available under a Creative Commons License:||https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ie/|
|Appears in Collections:||Chemistry Research Collection|
Agriculture and Food Science Research Collection
Show full item record
If you are a publisher or author and have copyright concerns for any item, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the item will be withdrawn immediately. The author or person responsible for depositing the article will be contacted within one business day.