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.
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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