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Dairy, beef manure management field day set

By Staff | Sep 28, 2014

Northwest Iowa dairy and beef producers can participate in two field days featuring manure management.

The field days will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday in the Lyon and Sioux County area and at 1 p.m., Thursday in Sac County.

The Wednesday tour begins at Multi-Rose Jerseys, near Rock Rapids, which has a unique process to recycle solids from the free-stall barn to be used as bedding.

At 11:30 a.m., the field day continues at the Jim Koedam farm, near Doon. Koedam is using a low-cost pumping system to apply feedlot liquids to nearby corn fields.

The field day concludes with lunch and a tour of the Terry Van Maanen Dairy north of Rock Valley.

Participants will view a sand-settling lane, three manure structures and how Van Maanen prevents runoff from silage piles.

The Thursday field day will be at the Chad and Dale Fertig Dairy, south of Wall Lake. This operation has a drive-in sand-settling pit and a new heifer barn with manure storage.

“Manure is beginning to be recognized as a valuable asset rather than a waste product in the livestock operation,” said Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist. “How the manure is handled and stored can affect the financial return to the farming enterprise.

“There are various ways dairy and beef producers handle manure and this will be the focus of the field days.”

Both field days are sponsored by ISU Extension, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance and the North Central Risk Management Education Center.

To register, contact Kris Kohl, an ISU Extension ag engineer program specialist at (712) 335-3013, or Doran at (712) 737-4230 by Sept. 29. A registration fee of $5 per person will be collected at the Wednesday field day to cover meal costs.

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