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  • Paddock with cow hoofs and label showing volatilisation.
    Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato Published 30 July 2013 Size: 550 KB Referencing Hub media

    Volatilisation is the conversion of dissolved ammonia – found in urine patches – into ammonia gas that can go into the atmosphere. This can happen if it’s hot, dry and windy. It is loss of nitrogen from the paddock to be avoided if possible. The rain may wash it back down but not necessarily to your farm. It could end up in a forest or out in the ocean.

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