A new tool from the University of Minnesota allows you to estimate how much odor originates from your dairy. Consequently, it can be used to determine an appropriate buffer zone between animal facilities and neighboring houses or businesses.

The Odor From Feedlots Setback Estimation Tool, or OFFSET, helps put science into a potentially controversial issue. Although designed for use in Minnesota, the tool has been used successfully in other states. Just be sure to change the weather data to reflect your local conditions. To use, click here.