Beef Research School: Make the Most of Manure Applications

There are two things you’re always going to have with livestock — deadstock and manure. Both byproducts, if you will,  present their own type of challenges. And then there are rules and regulations to contend with.

Unlike some other byproducts of beef production, however, manure is a truly valuable resource if handled, stored and used appropriately. But it’s not without some drawbacks. As a nutrient source, it is bulky and highly variable in nutrient content — it’s not exactly conveniently packaged to fit in with our broad acre grain farms.

Check out this Video on Comparing Manure Spreaders at COFS12

What Should you Consider When Buying a Liquid Manure Spreader?

In this Beef Research School, Jeff Schoenau, of the University of Saskatchewan, talks about making the most of manure by testing it properly, evaluating the needs of the soil where it will be applied and keeping fertility levels in balance. Manure has a high value as far as soil is concerned. A little extra work makes this possible waste a low-cost input in grain or hay production if you play your cards right.

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Henry

Also what’s the benefit of turning the stockpiled manure as this is costly and timely.

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Lyndsey Smith

Turning is essential to decomposition — it speeds the composting process, reducing volume (also costly to move water and air, right?). A manure pile needs air and good moisture (not too wet or too dry) and turning provides that. Once it gets going, the process moves incredibly quickly and reduces manure volume substantially, concentrated nutrients which means making fewer trips with the spreader

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James Jenkins

The pile doesn’t have to be turned from my experience. Once you move it from where it is to a pile is actually enough air and moisture. The main thing do to is pile 4-5′ high by 6′ wide and as long as you want the pile. This allows the air, moisture and microbes to do their work on the pile. I tend to have 2 spots. So I can leave one pile for a year and have an open spot to pile if needed. Next I would like to pile on edges of hay fields do any liquid from the piles will spread onto the field and into the ground.

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