Going Green

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Alternative Manure Management System

If managed properly, manure from feeding operations can be a nutrient rich resource. If managed improperly those same nutrients can cause serious pollution problems.

System Offers New Option for Managing Manure

By Laura McGinnisNovember 13, 2007

A typical 1,000-head beef feedlot produces up to 280 tons of manure in just one week. That's a lot of manure—and for hundreds of U.S. cattle feedlots, disposal is an important management issue.

Fortunately, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in the Environmental Management Research Unit at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) at Clay Center, Neb., have developed and tested a...(complete article here).

With the increased feeding of ethanol co-products, the manure in feedlots will contain higher concentrations of phosporous. Recovering that phosphorous could be important to meeting fertilizer needs in some of the phosphorous defficient countries.

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