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Manure & Nutrient Management
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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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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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New Safety Sticker For Manure Pit Foaming

As we move into manure application season, it is important to remember safety.  Two visible safety reminders are now available for you to use on your farm.  A safety decal reminding farm workers of the danger of manure foaming has been developed from a research project funded by Iowa Pork Producers is available for download here . Also, National Po...

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Manure provides 'total nutrient package' for cropland

Last week the IL Pork Expo, the Illinois Pork Producers and IL Soybean Assoc. hosted a breakout session on CONTRACT PRODUCTION OPPORTUNITIES FOR FARMERS. In this session we heard from many of the swine integrators that contract in the state on the options available to contract with them. We also heard from two farmer that had recently constructed swine finishing facilities in Illinois, as well as...

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Precautionary Measures for Deep-pit Manure Foaming

The attached document has ventilation and agitation recommendations for when foam is present in your deep-pit storage. It is highly encouraged to follow these guidelines before disturbing foam in your storage....

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