Animal agriculture needs to adopt a new attitude about manure management, Bill Bickert, Michigan State University extension ag engineer, noted at a recent sand-laden manure management conference in East Lansing, Mich. And that means changing treatment philosophies from one of disposal to one of utilization.

In order to accomplish this shift, Bickert suggests the following:

  • Examine technologies used in other industries and determine how they can be applied to manure.
  • When evaluating new manure treatment methods, always look for the profit potential.
  • When evaluating different treatment methods, always consider the potential interactive effects on other facets of the livestock operation.
  • Develop a total integrated systems approach for managing your dairy operation.