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Why Manage Manure?

Manure piles can grow quickly

Manure piles can grow quickly

Why manage manure? There are several reasons! Manure can affect your operation in good and bad ways, and it can impact other people and creatures.

The following is from Tips on Land & Water Management for Small Acreages in Oregon. For more information download the full document.

  • Manure problems create an unhealthy environment for horses and livestock. Poor health may mean more vet bills and increased feed bills for unhealthy animals.
  • Leaving manure on the ground creates more mud.
  • Manure, like mud, creates a breeding ground for insects, especially filth flies. Insects are annoying at best and, at worst, carry disease or can cause serious allergies.
  • Internal parasites hatch from the manure as often as every three days and can reinfest animals as soon as 24 hours after worming.
  • Mud and manure problems are inconvenient for the farm owner, can make chores difficult, and are unpleasant for neighbors.
  • Nutrient runoff from manure has a negative impact on the environment. It contaminates surface water and groundwater, is detrimental to fish and other aquatic wildlife, and fertilizes aquatic weeds.
  • Applying manure back to pastures creates a natural nutrient cycle; one horse’s manure represents approximately $150 in fertilizer value/year.

The featured image of the manure pile with a horse in the background is very nice, isn’t it? We think so, too. The source image is available at Wikipedia and was uploaded by Malene Thyssen, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Malene.

Tips on Land & Water Management for Small Acreages in Oregon
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Ten Simple Ways to Keep Manure Out of Water

Source: Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District

It’s springtime and the Willamette Valley is greening up. We’ll certainly receive more rain before summertime, and some of that rain will run off the land to surface streams. When water travels over the surface of the land, it picks up bits of soil, decaying plant material…and manure. Manure has nutrients that can trigger aquatic plant growth, and bacteria that can affect the health of people and animals.

The easiest way to prevent pollution from manure is to keep it out of surface water. Our friends at the Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District have ten simple ways to keep manure out of water. Their ten steps make sense for all kinds of large animal operations:

  1. Limit or prevent animal access to streams and ponds.
  2. Provide off-stream watering from streams and ponds.
  3. Have healthy riparian vegetation along streams.
  4. Collect manure from sacrifice areas.
  5. Cover manure piles to avoid contaminating rain and surface runoff.
  6. Store manure under cover through the wet season.
  7. Compost stored manure and use it to improve your pastures.
  8. Prevent clean runoff from flowing through areas that have livestock and manure.
  9. Have gutters and downspouts on buildings near livestock.
  10. Manage your grazing to keep livestock off pastures in winter and always have healthy grass.

Contact our conservation professionals today for help with your manure challenges.

Source of list and graphic: Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District

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