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Manure Value Calculator - Now Online

An updated calculator for estimating manure value is now available for download. Three examples, based on our Certified Livestock Manager training worksheets for swine, beef/dairy solid manure w/bedding, and turkey litter are available. Both PDF and Excel files can be downloaded. Check it out here:  http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lfmm/nmp/...

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New deep-pit beef gestation barn opens in Pike County IL

O wners of a brand new beef barn, utilizing a 10' deep pit under slats for manure collection, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 10, 2016, at their ranch in Pike County. A large group was on hand, including representatives of the construction company, lumber and materials providers, the Illinois Livestock Developers Group, key commodity groups, fi...

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Make Manure Safety A Priority

Date: October 26, 2016 Authors: Richard Gates, 217-244-2791, rsgates@illinois.edu Jay Solomon, 815-235-4125, jssolomo@illinois.edu Sources: Extension Specialists in Region Recent deaths of cattle in the Illinois-Iowa-Wisconsin region point to pit gases as the cul...

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2017 CLM Training Dates Set

The 2017 annual Certified Livestock Manager Training Program schedule is set. Dates and locations are listed below, and published on the  CLM Training page .   January 31, 2017 - Springfield IL: Illinois Pork Expo, Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, Springfield, IL February 7, 2017 - Bloomington, IL: McLean County...

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2017 CLM Training Shaping Up

The 2017 annual Certified Livestock Manager Training Program is taking shape. Tentative dates have been selected and are published on the CLM Training page . A few important changes: Mr. Doug Owens, Illinois Department of Agriculture, will be assuming responsibility for the agency's program....

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Manure Gases are DEADLY

Date: August 18, 2016 Source: Richard Gates, 217-244-2791, rsgates@illinois.edu News Writer: Leanne Lucas, 217-244-2862, llucas@illinois.edu Hydrogen sulfide and methane gasses from liquid/slurry stores can be lethal. Remember key safety rules bef...

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Some Past Presentations

During February 2016, Rich Gates and myself have had a few of opportunities to give some different presentations. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we attended the IL Pork Expo in Springfield, IL. With the new location in Springfield IL, it was exciting to see the new layout for the floor and the legislative reception was a noteworthy new event this year. On the expo floor we hosted a displ...

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