Adjusting Rations Can Reduce Manure Problems

Dairy, Animal Manure Management March 28, 2012|Print

Released March 22, 2012

Manure is an inevitable byproduct of Idaho's growing dairy industry and presents significant challenges to operators, both in handling and land application.

Using available research, University of Idaho extension dairy specialists set out to determine if feeding strategies could reduce manure production while maintaining animal performance and health.

The answer is "yes, for both growing heifers and for the lactating cows," said Rick Norell, University of Idaho Extension dairy specialist and professor.

Current research suggests that manure production in dairy herds can be reduced by reducing the amount of feed or feeding less alfalfa and more corn silage; more starch and less fiber and by not overfeeding crude protein.

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