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Troubleshoot inconsistencies with manure agitation, sampling

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:12

Manure Pond

Livestock manure is a variable compound, both in the amount of solids and the amount of nutrients.


Be mindful of anaerobic digester safety risks

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Melissa VanOrnum   
Monday, 22 September 2014 14:37

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, neighbors and animals.

Anaerobic digesters help minimize many of the societal and environmental risks that are inherent to a dairy operation – by greatly reducing odor, pathogens and BOD/COD levels in manure as well as reducing the likelihood of nutrient runoff.


Pennsylvania dairymen install digester to control smell

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Jenna Hurty   
Monday, 22 September 2014 14:10

For the past 63 years, Keith Spicher’s family has been running Kish View Farms in Belleville, Pennsylvania. The 650-acre operation is a partnership between Keith and his brother.

Kent is in charge of managing the crops and books while Keith manages the dairy. Although he is no longer an official partner, their father, David, still helps out on the operation.


Gypsum bedding: Is it worth the manure safety risk?

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Eileen Fabian-Wheeler   
Monday, 22 September 2014 13:57

cows laying on gypsum beddingRecent 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. Headlines often list the reason as asphyxiation or toxic gas.


What’s the big deal with nutrient runoff?

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Bob Broz   
Monday, 22 September 2014 13:41

Many states in the Mississippi River Basin are developing a statewide nutrient reduction strategy at the request of the Environmental Protection Agency. This initiative outlines strategies or management practices to reduce nutrient loading into the Mississippi River and, ultimately, in the Gulf of Mexico.


Farm next door: Promoting positive community relations

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Holly Drankhan   
Monday, 22 September 2014 13:24

“I would house twice as many cows if I didn’t have to deal with manure.” This statement by Dean Strauss of Majestic Crossing Dairy expresses a concern shared by many large dairies – effective management of waste. It can be costly, time-consuming and downright dirty.


Agitation boats offer unique advantages

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Melanie Epp   
Monday, 22 September 2014 13:18

In the past 30 years, manure storage has changed, particularly when it comes to size. As storage facilities grow, thorough agitation becomes a challenge. It’s not just storage size that has changed, though; the consistency and content of manure has changed, too.


What’s the risk of airborne manure particles?

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Progressive Dairyman Intern Jennifer Janak   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:06

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 have contributed nearly 900,000 jobs nationwide.

On the contrary, could dairy farms have negative effects on our livelihood?



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