Illinois’ 2010/2011 Certified Livestock Manager Training Workshops begin this year in Bloomington, Ill., on Dec. 14. Seven additional workshops will occur around the state, with three set for January, two in February and one in March.

One topic of the topics addressed will be manure application. “We’ve had two wet springs in a row, so we’ll talk about strategies to empty your storages in the winter when they’re full,” says Randy Fonner, University of Illinois Extension specialist and workshop coordinator.

There also will be discussions on phosphorus management. “If you surface apply manure, phosphorus tends to bind to the soil particles. If you have any erosion, the phosphorus gets washed into the creeks and rivers, and then you end up with water quality issue,” he notes. If the manure is injected below the surface, that type of erosion is minimized and the soil keeps more of the phosphorus and nitrogen.

Another way to manage phosphorus is to address it in rations so there is less in the manure that is applied to fields. Livestock producers also should consider working with their neighbors to apply manure on fields that have had little if any manure applied in the past. “Livestock producers who have been applying manure for years probably have more than enough phosphorus in their soils,” Fonner notes. “If that producer sold his manure to a neighbor who hasn’t applied manure before, he could use the money to apply only the nutrients he needs.”

A soil test will show producers what nutrients they need to apply. “Variable-rate application puts the nutrients where you need them, and reduces the risk of unused nutrients going into surface or groundwater.”

Brad Beaver, manager of the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Livestock Facilities Program, will be at each workshop to discuss Illinois’ rules of the Livestock Management Facilities Act. The act requires certification in livestock manure management for producers with more than 300 animal units and must be renewed every three years. The IDOA exam for certification is offered after each CLMT workshop.

Other topics that will be addressed include manure application in no-till, solutions to feed-storage runoff problems and an update on manure-storage foaming that’s been an issue the last two years.

To register for a workshop or purchase a manual or CD, call (800) 345-6087. Prices are listed below, and you may pay by credit card. If you have a 2003 manual or newer, you will not need to purchase a new manual.

CLM Workshop Registration: $30 per person; same farm registrations will be charged $30 for the first registration and $20 for each additional if registered at the same time. CLM manual only costs $55, plus $7.50 shipping and handling. For the CLM CD only, the cost is $25, plus $7.50 shipping and handling. For both the CLM manual & CD, the cost is $80, plus $7.50 shipping and handling. Workshop walk-ins will pay $92 per person (includes CLM manual.)

A workshop brochure is available here.   If you have questions, contact Fonner at (217) 333-2611 or e-mail him at

Here are the Illinois workshop dates and location:

·         Dec. 14, 2010 – Bloomington, the McLean County Farm Bureau Building.

·         Jan. 11, 2011 – Effingham, Effingham County Extension Office.

·         Jan. 12 – Breese (focus on beef and dairy, but open to all), Clinton County Extension Office.

·         Jan. 19 – Galesburg, Knox County Extension Office.

·         Jan. 20   – Quincy, Adams/Brown County Extension Office.

·         Feb. 9, 2011 – Freeport (focus on beef and dairy), Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building.

·         February 10, 2011 – Sycamore, DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building.

·         March 10 – Springfield, Sangamon/Menard County Extension Office


Source: University of Illinois