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Several options exist for manure agitation boats

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee   
Thursday, 10 July 2014 08:37

For the first time, six manure agitation boats participated together in an equipment demonstration last month at Marshland Acres Custom Heifer Raising in Durand, Wisconsin. Prior to the demonstration, manufacturers and company representatives shared information about each boat.

 

Manage manure and irrigation to minimize nitrate leaching

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Marsha Neibling   
Monday, 23 June 2014 15:45

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

For this reason, and to save on fertilizer cost, it is desirable to keep the nitrate in the crop root zone. In contrast to rain-fed agriculture, irrigated agriculture systems can be managed to avoid conditions where nitrate leaching can occur.

 

Floating-cover digester keeps things simple and sustainable

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee   
Monday, 23 June 2014 15:01

floating-cover digesterAs CEO of the first certified organic dairy and creamery in the western U.S., Albert Straus is always looking for ways to be more sustainable and utilize all of the resources around him.

He liked the idea of producing energy and keeping greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. “I was going to have the second digester in the county in 1980,” Straus says.

 

Michigan dairy invests in manure separation equipment

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Melissa Hart   
Monday, 23 June 2014 13:35

chad minnisDairy producers from New York to Wisconsin met in central Michigan recently at the Car-Min-Vu Dairy Farm to check out the latest technology in manure management.

Owner Chad Minnis, the next generation of the family, adopted a new generation of manure handling with the McLanahan Nutrient Separation System. This new technology begins with manure and ends with recycled sand, concentrated nutrients and clean water.

 

Capitalizing on slurry

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Luciana Jonkman   
Monday, 14 April 2014 14:14

Recycling is a major theme of the dairy industry, and we should hold our heads high because of the extent we are a “green” industry (Figure 1). Just like many of the byproducts we use in today’s rations, so too is the use of manure part of that case of extreme recycling. We are recycling what has already been recycled once.
 

Open-air manure storage safety

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Dennis Murphy, Davis Hill and David Douphrate   

Prior research and outreach focus has been given to injuries and fatalities that occur in “confined space” manure storages. Such enclosed storage areas may be below animal quarters, or below-ground reception and pump-out pits.  

 

CAFO operators explain relationship with manure applicators

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 12:13

Mike Meyer, Mark Fahey, Keith York and Jim Kruger.When the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin met earlier this year, the group invited four dairy producers to explain what they expect of the nutrient applicators they hire to handle an important task for their dairy operations.

The four producers included Mike Meyer, Mark Fahey, Keith York and Jim Kruger.

 

Considerations in manure handling

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Holly Drankhan   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 12:02

Through remarkable technologies such as anaerobic digestion, agriculture is working to develop waste management options that are sustainable and ecologically sound. Even those dairy producers who operate on smaller scales should be aware that adopting cleaner practices starts with dirtying the hands.

There are a number of methods for manure handling used in the dairy industry, with minute changes in collection, transport, storage and application compounding this variation.

 


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