There are no simple solutions to a manure spill, but thinking through your specific situation and monitoring daily can help prevent, or at least minimize, the environmental risks and potential regulatory issues. Every day, farmers must account for a variety of factors when loading and hauling manure or spreading it in the fields. These factors include weather, soil saturation, manure coverage, cover crops, soil types, slope and direction, and depth of cultivation.
However, farmers cannot account for events they can’t control – the blown hose, the punctured tire, the cracked irrigation pipe or any other possible accidents or failures. While these incidents may be common enough and even expected – they can only be planned for and not prevented entirely. One such accident is the manure spill. In the case of a manure spill, Michigan State University Extension recommends that all livestock producers have a manure spill kit handy and more importantly have an emergency response plan in place.