Small Acreage Livestock

 

 

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Composting Livestock yards - reducing mud and runoff
Horses Soil testing and nutrient management
Pasture management, Fencing & Watering Private well testing and protection

URI Home*A*Syst Program - Sustainable Landscaping


Composting
also visit our composting page and View our URI Fact Sheet: Composting Manure On-Farm: Basics for Small Acreage Livestock Farms

On-Farm Composting Handbook, Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service -
(now plant and life sciences publishing)

This handbook presents a thorough overview of farm-scale composting and explains how to produce, use, and market compost.

 

Composting Horse Manure - UMASS Extension Fact Sheet

On-Farm Composting: A Guide to Principles, Planning, & Operations - Virginia Cooperative Extension Guide.

Horse Manure Management: The Nitrogen Enhancement System - Ohio State Extension fact sheet on adding nitrogen fertilizer to horse manure with a high wood bedding content.

eXtension - Animal Manure Management, Composting

O2 Compost Systems - provides resources and training for establishing on-farm composting systems.

Composting for Small Scale Livestock Operations - Penn State fact sheet providing designs for constructing small compost bins.

Rhode Island Composting Facilities - A Solution For Pollution - brochure listing commercial composting facilities and RI Department of Environmental Management contact information concerning laws and regulations.

Maine Compost School - provides courses, videos and resource library.

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Horses

State University of New Jersey Rutgers - Equine Science Center.

View the Ryders Lane Demonstration Horse Farm for examples of best management practices on manure, pasture and runoff management.

University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension Crops, Dairy, Livestock, Equine - Fact Sheets

University of Vermont - Vermont Pasture Network - horse pasture management and renovating horse paddocks with geotextiles and gravel.

Equestrian Land Conservation Resource - state of New York. View their "Keeping It Green" videos on manure, pasture and runoff management topics.

Livestock and Land Program - State of California; non-profit partnership helping livestock and horse owners with implementing management practices. Visit this site to see many great "before" and "after" photos for addressing horse manure, paddock and runoff management on challenging sites.

Horses for Clean Water - State of Washington; organization that provides education on horse keeping.

eXtension - Horsequest -- internet-based educational resources from over 70 universities throughout the nation. Providing objective, research-based information on horse care and management.

All Weather Horse Paddocks - Brochure and design guide for installation of geotextile fabrics to reduce mud in horse paddocks. Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Dept. Natural Resources.

High Traffic Area Pads for Horses - University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet. Installation of pads using geo-textile fabric.

Dairy One - provides forage, milk and soil testing services, including a link to equi-analytical laboratories which provides the horse industry with quality forage and feed analysis.

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Pasture management, Fencing & Watering
also visit our pasture page and view our fact sheet: Pastures, Fencing and Watering on Small Acreages

University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension Crops, Dairy, Livestock, Equine - Fact Sheets

Pasture Establishment for Small Scale Livestock Operations - Penn State fact sheet

Vermont Pasture Network

Vermont NRCS Grazing Management Planning Tools

Missouri NRCS Publications on Electric Fencing & Watering

The National Livestock and Poultry Learning Center - Small Farm Fact sheets - see fact sheets on The ABCs of Pasture Grazing, Livestock Watering Systems and Electric Livestock Fencing.

The Northeast Grazing Guide -- Northeast Pasture Research and Extension Consortium, contains education resources on grazing management

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Livestock yard management - reducing mud and runoff
also visit our livestock yard page
and view our fact sheet: Livestock Yards and Manure Storage Areas on Small Acreages

Mud Management For Small Scale Livestock Operations - Penn State Fact Sheet. Includes information of the use of geotextiles.

All Weather Horse Paddocks - Brochure and design guide for installation of geotextile fabrics to reduce mud in horse paddocks. Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Dept. Natural Resources.

High Traffic Area Pads for Horses - University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet. Installation of pads using geo-textile fabric.

Using Geotextile Fabric in Livestock Operations - Ohio State University Fact Sheet

University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension Crops, Dairy, Livestock, Equine - Fact Sheets

See the resources listed for horses - contains many resources and demonstration sites for reducing mud and runoff.

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Soil testing and nutrient management
also visit our page on recycling manure

URI CE Water Quality Program - nutrient management tools & resources:

Rhode Island Nutrient Management Workbook: Training Manual, MS Excel Workbooks, other links

Nutrient Management Guidelines for Turfgrass Sod Production in Southern New England

University of Massachusetts Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Lab - download order forms and information for soil, compost and plant tissue testing

University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension Crops, Dairy, Livestock, Equine - Fact Sheets

University of Connecticut Soil Testing Lab - download order forms and information for soil and plant tissue testing.

Penn State Manure Testing Program - download order form and information for manure testing

Dairy One - provides forage, milk and soil testing services, including a link to equi-analytical laboratories which provides the horse industry with quality forage and feed analysis.

Nutrient Management - Simplified - from National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship Small Farms Fact Sheet series

University of Vermont Extension - Nutrient Management Course, Workbook and Training Manual

PA Nutrient Management Program - look for small scale livestock operations

eXtension - Manure Nutrient Management

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