Proper manure management techniques are part of responsible waste management practices. A by-product of livestock operations, manure can be used as a nutrient input for crop production. Manure must be stored and managed properly to avoid environmental impacts such as groundwater contamination.
A well-planned manure storage system is an asset to any livestock operation. Livestock manure is a valuable fertilizer for farm crops and adequate storage is a key component of a sustainable agricultural enterprise.
- Evaluation of Nutrient Recovery Technologies for Dairy Manure and Digestate (PDF, 1.23 MB)
- Manure Storage Structures (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- Sizing Dairy Manure Storage Facilities (PDF)
- Solid Agricultural Waste Storage - Hoop Frame (PDF)
- Field Storage of Solid Agricultural Waste (PDF)
- Earth Bank Storages for Dairy Manure (PDF)
- Slotted Floor Freestall Dairy Barn with Sub-floor Manure Storage (PDF)
Manure Handling Systems
Manure can be handled as a solid, semi-solid or liquid. Manure will vary in consistency depending on the type of management and animal housing.
- Gravity Flow Slurry Channels for Dairy Manure (PDF)
- Circulatory Agitation Systems for Dairy Manure Storage Tanks (PDF)
- Daily Scraping Manure Management Systems for Dairy Farms (PDF)
- Manure Spreading FAQ - South Coast region (PDF)
- Efficient Liquid Manure Application Systems (PDF)
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- Treatment Systems for Solid or Liquid Manure (PDF, 1.8 MB)
- Manure Sampling and Analysis
- Choosing and Calibrating Manure Application Equipment (PDF)
- Management & Nutrient Value of Manure (PDF)
Horse Manure Management
Rearing and maintaining horses can have unintended impacts on the environment. These factsheets were written with the intent of helping horse owners better understand potential environmental impacts.
- Horses in the Community . . . A Yea or a Neigh? (PDF)
- Environmentally Friendly Horse Farm Through Better Manure/Waste Management (PDF)
On-Farm Biogas Production
Information about on-farm biogas production through anaerobic digestion of manure and other organic byproducts.
Woodwaste includes hog fuel, mill ends, wood chips, bark and sawdust, but does not include demolition waste, construction waste, tree stumps, branches, logs or log ends. The use of woodwaste in agriculture is accepted as long as it is used for agricultural purposes and avoids pollution.