A true all-rounder – biochar

Biochar is highly versatile, whether it is applied as a soil improver in agriculture, gardening and landscaping, or in animal husbandry and biogas production. Not only does the use of biochar improve the intake of energy and raw feed, but it also strengthens digestion and prevents various diseases.

As stable bedding in animal husbandry, biochar improves stable climate, decreases odor pollution and reduces climate-damaging emissions. A reduced emergence of pathogens could also be shown.

Biochar – good for humans and animals since time immemorial

Biochar is considered as one of the oldest remedies for humans and animals. It is manufactured through the pyrolytic carbonization of herbal raw materials and it is gaining increasing importance in modern agriculture.

Recommendations for use and dosage of feeding char

Cattle: 2 – 4 grams per kg of feed
Pig: 2 – 4 grams per kg of feed
Poultry: 0,5 – 1 gram per kg of feed
Horse: 1 gram1 per kg of feed
Dog and Cat: 1 – 2 grams per day

In case of an illness of the animal, the daily dosage can be raised by 50% for a short time.

Application example for soil char

Charging biochar with compost
When setting up a compost heap, mix in 10 vol% of biochar. For the manufacture of a substrate resembling Terra Preta, additional clay powder (15 vol%) and primary rock powder (5 vol%) can be added.

Charging biochar with manure
For the treatment of manure, add 1 – 5 vol% of biochar into the manure pit.

Charging biochar with solid manure
Mix 10 vol% biochar into preferably fresh manure.

Mixing biochar into stable bedding
Strew stable bedding with 5 – 10 vol% of biochar at regular intervals of 1 – 2 weeks.

Application of uncharged biochar
Apply 0,1 – 0,5 kg/m² of biochar in autumn, so that the char can accumulate water and nutrients during the winter months.