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MANURE

See what farms are using for nutrient management, from anaerobic digesters and storage to field application and emissions.

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As we continue to improve on-farm efficiencies, it’s important to look at new areas of opportunities. One area needing review is manure management, specifically the process of converting manure solids, separated or not, into safe, high-quality bedding.

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Penn State University held its first Digester Day at the Snider Agriculture Arena on July 21. The event was put together by Daniel Ciolkosz and Siobhan Fathel of Penn State Extension, who wanted to provide a place for people interested in anaerobic digestion to connect.

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Technology continues evolving at a rapid pace, helping dairy farmers become even more sustainable. The dairy cow has always been the ultimate recycler, producing milk for nutritious foods and providing nutrients to grow crops and generate renewable energy.

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Livestock owners have long known the immense value of their manure. Now, with soaring commercial fertilizer prices, some crops-only farmers are starting to see what all the hype is about and are seeking to buy manure from their livestock-owner neighbours. Luckily, livestock and crop farmers teaming up can prove to be mutually beneficial.

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In our previous article, we talked about proper manure management in dairy farms and how automation provides solutions to some of the challenges that come with managing a herd’s manure load. Now let’s talk about why an efficient manure management plan is so important and how Valid™ can help.

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Worldwide, the dairy industry has grown into a US$720 billion entity. Environmental concerns, sustainability issues, and increasingly stringent regulations have made manure management a top priority for dairy farmers, who can now turn to automation for solutions to these challenges. Nutrient recovery from manure not only reduces environmental impact but can also produce revenue through by-product sales and reduced water management expenditures. Designed, developed, and manufactured in BC, the Valid™ Nutrient Recovery System is an effective solution for manure management and nutrient recovery.

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