What pork producer couldn’t use guidance when it comes to manure management in today’s restrictive environment? With state and national guidelines (i.e. Confined Animal Feeding Operation rules) manure storage, usage and recordkeeping protocols are as important to everyday management as checking hog feeders.

Purdue and Michigan State universities are providing some help through a new series of jointly developed publications.

The 12 publications in the “Best Environmental Management Practices: Farm Animal Production” series address everything from nutrition management to keeping non-farm neighbors happy.

The publications are packaged together as Purdue Extension publication No. ID-312. You can get a single package of the 12 publications for free. Additional packages are available for $1 each. You also can access the materials on the Internet.

Don Jones, Purdue livestock-housing and manure-management specialist, who co-authored six of the series, says the publications have a concise format, but with lots of details.

The publications are as follows:

  • Land-Application Records and Sampling
  • Emergency Action Planning for Livestock Operations
  • Mortality Management
  • Inspecting Your Confined Feeding Operation
  • Feeding Strategies to Lower N & P in Manure
  • Building Good Neighbor Relationships
  • Veterinarian-Waste Disposal Options
  • Manure Nutrient Recycling
  • Environmentally Sensi-tive Field Characteristics
  • Manure-Applicator Calibration
  • Odor-Control Options for Confined Feeding
  • Comprehensive Nutri-ent Management Planning

Sixteen Extension specialists from Purdue and Michigan State wrote or provided content for the publications, and USDA provided the funding.

“There are differences in terminology and regulations from state to state, but we’ve tried to make these publications meaningful,” says Jones.

The Purdue-Michigan State publications are available at county offices of Purdue Extension and online at http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/ageng.htm