honest - manure happens.
can grow into mountains on our farms very quickly.
What do we do with
We need to safely
store it for a certain amount of time and then properly recycle
it on our own land or take it off the farm to sites that can use
may want to consider composting the manure to make it more
desireable for us and others to use.
We also need to
manage livestock yards and pastures to prevent manure build-up,
mud, and runoff.
honest - this can be very challenging.
manure, livestock yards and pastures are not simple topics.
Our land resources and site conditions, and our time, resources
and goals will affect our ability to make improvements.
every step counts. Explore our "How To Manage" pages
further as we step you through a variety of livestock management
topics and provide
you with a range of examples for making improvements.
Why make improvements?
Photo courtesy of the Mid-Atlantic
Equine Pasture Initiative
Manure is a valuable source of organic
matter and nutrients for gardens and crops - nutrients that you
have already paid for in feed and fertilizer costs.
We want to
conserve nutrients and apply it to the land when it benefits
gardens and crops most, saving you money.
yards, and pastures can also be possible sources of pollutants
that can harm nearby water resources, including your own drinking
water well or your neighbor's. They can also be
sources of odor, flies, mud and dust that threaten your animal's
health and can make for some unhappy neighbors.
Visit our pages on manure / composting,
livestock yard and pasture management for steps you can take
your drinking water, families and animals.
View our fact
sheets to learn more - including how to identify risks
and plan solutions on your own farm.