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Sustainability in poultry production through the efficient use of poultry manure


Circular economy bases its principles on the longer use of raw materials within a production system to make it more sustainable. 

In other words, there is an efficient use of raw materials that allows them to be reused and/or recycled on a constant basis, reducing the amounts of waste

According to the European Parliament, the circular economy concept seeks to reduce waste to a minimum.

Therefore, when a product reaches the end of its life, its materials may remain as part of the economy if these can be recycled. Giving them added value, and allowing their reintroduction within the productive chain.

The following items, are some of the major factors associated with this type of economy:

Raw materials

Residual waste



Product reuse/repair




The circular economy model is already widely applied in agriculture and livestock farming. Despite this fact, productive activities such as the poultry industry still produce large amounts of waste. Countries like Spain alone, produce approximately 12 million tons of fecal waste a year derived from poultry production. This is linked to the fact that chicken is the second most consumed meat in several countries, and eggs are also highly predominant in people’s diets due to their protein content and low costs.

This represents a problematic scenario due to the lack of adequate waste disposal areas. In addition to the environmental impacts associated with greenhouse gas emissions derived from this type of production system (8% of the total GHG emissions attributed to global livestock production)

The accumulation of feces, feathers, feed residues, litter among others, may be referred to as poultry manure when derived from laying hens or chicken manure when it comes from broilers.

If this waste is not handled properly, it can become a major source of contamination due to the great amount of contaminating molecules that are released, including: non-protein nitrogen in the form of ammonia, phosphorus, hydrogen sulfide, minerals and undigested feed material. 

This situation does not only affect the environment, but it also impacts farm workers, and the surrounding communities. Becoming a significant health threat for both animals and humans.

Consequently, one of the current strategies to help prevent this problem,relies on the application of circular economy models where waste is used as fertilizer for crops, compost or for energy production purposes. A practice that benefits poultry systems, agribusiness, people and the environment.

Quiñones (2017), states that processed poultry manure has a positive impact on farm production. Enhancing food supply by improving crop nutritional content as well as increasing their productivity.

This guarantees food security thanks to the supply of products with high nutritional value for humans. In addition, more productive sowings and harvests reduce the need to expand agricultural areas, which contributes towards soil conservation.

In conclusion, the process of transforming poultry excrement for its use in different areas within the agricultural sector, is a highly effective measure that contributes to reducing contamination. Allowing other productive systems to benefit from this practice; reducing waste and obtaining better economic returns.

SECONOV – Poultry drying: Reducing emissions and improving poultry productivity

SECONOV is an innovative system from Zucami that is making a significant contribution to more sustainable poultry production.

This product is the result of a poultry manure drying process that allows to obtain a high quality organic fertilizer. The use of SECONOV in poultry production allows a more efficient management of all the residues derived from this type of activity. Reducing environmental impacts, while optimizing production.

This system enables the application of a circular economy approach, as poultry manure is turned into a valuable resource instead of being treated as regular waste. Leading towards a better use of natural resources.

Looking for a way to improve sustainability on your farm? Try Zucami’s SECONOV and turn poultry manure into a valuable resource.