Assembling a manure spill response kit

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Editor's note: This article was written collaboratively by Erin Cortus and Kent Woodmansey with the South Dakota State University Extension.


Manure spills can occur during the storage, transportation and application of manure. Advanced planning can minimize the impacts of a manure-related emergency. Part of this preparation includes assembling a manure spill response kit to have ready and accessible on the farm when needed, especially while pumping and applying manure.

The kit should include:

  1. A copy of the farm’s emergency response plan, if it has one, including emergency numbers and a site map;
  2. Hay or straw bales that could be used to block a culvert or build a berm or diversion;
  3. T-posts to support plywood or bale stacks;
  4. 14-inch diameter PVC pipe in both 3-foot and 2-foot sections to be used to cover tile inlets;
  5. Several 6-mil plastic sheets of approximately 12-foot x 25-foot lengths that could be applied to tile inlets or other sensitive areas with duct tape;
  6. At least one sheet of 4-foot x 4-foot plywood that could be used to block culverts. Round the plywood on one end to fit the curve of the ditch;
  7. Pliers, vice grips, fencing pliers, channel lock pliers, hammers, utility knife, hand saw, hatchet, post driver;
  8. 1 roll duct tape;
  9. Baling wire; and
  10. Sand shovels.

At the minimum, a mini-kit can be kept in the truck or tractor. The mini-kit should contain a sand shovel, duct tape, utility knife and 6-mil plastic sheets.

The steps for responding to a manure spill are outlined in the article Dealing with a Manure Spill.



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