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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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Recent deaths of farmers and cattle have raised awareness of the all-too-common dangers of working around manure storage facilities. People “being overcome” or feeling dizzy around manure storage areas happens too often.

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Nitrate is a water-soluble form of nitrogen required for plant growth. It can become a health problem if present in high levels in groundwater.

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In the past 30 years, manure storage has changed, particularly when it comes to size. As storage facilities grow, thorough agitation becomes a challenge.

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When designing a new building or retrofitting an existing facility, there are boundless questions that have to be thought through and answered.

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Question: What is the purpose of freestall bedding? Answer: To provide a cow a clean, dry resting surface. Especially, this means creating an environment where exposure of teat ends to attack from mastitis-causing pathogens is minimized.

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While the process of anaerobically digesting organic wastes has long been present, its effective use is often not realized since the basics of its operation is not well understood.

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