Do you have a plan in place if a manure spill or run-off occurs on your dairy?
“Every farm, regardless of size, must be prepared to manage a manure-handling emergency,” notes Michael Hunter, a field crops educator with Cornell cooperative extension in Lewis County, N.Y.
Hunter offers these tips to help you contain a manure spill:
1. Keep a written list of strategies that you can use to stop or control a spill. For example, identify ways to stop a lagoon overflow.
2. Keep a list of phone numbers for the following local authorities and agencies so you can contact them if a spill occurs:
- EMS officials. (Call if the spill leaves your property or enters surface waters.)
- Local soil and water conservation district or natural resource conservation district.
- Cooperative extension service.
3.. Include a list of phone numbers so you can obtain the needed equipment in an emergency.
- Bulldozer, backhoe or tillage equipment.
- Liquid manure tanker truck.
- Vacuum tanker.
- Manure pump.
- Manure irrigation equipment.
- Inflatable tile plugs.