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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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Manure management are buzzwords that often bring a scowl to the face of a dairyman. It is often due to the huge costs of maintaining a manure system on a dairy, including equipment, personnel, regulatory costs, custom services, nutrient management plans, neighbour relations, odour control, sampling, maintenance, etc.

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It would seem fair to say that dairy farms are beneficial to their local communities. Not only do they provide a nutritious food source, but they have contributed nearly 900,000 jobs nationwide.

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Operating a biogas plant is a big commitment, but the work comes with a sizable reward. Unlike other renewable energy sources, biogas is largely independent of external influences such as wind or sunlight.

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Dairy farming is a risky business on many levels. With almost every decision, a dairyman must weigh the personal, societal, environmental and financial risks. Not to mention all the potential impacts the decisions may have on the well-being of workers, neighbours and animals.

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When removing manure from a storage pit, it typically must be agitated to minimize solids accumulation and create a uniform fertilizer for field application. However, the act of agitation can destroy certain storage liners if its features aren’t taken into consideration.

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It may not be the most pleasant part of a dairy operation, but it’s one of the most important: What do you do with all that manure?

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