Content tagged "small farm stewardship"

Managing Manure on Horse Farms

Animal Manure Management Updated: February 01, 2016

When managed properly, nutrients from manure should be seen as part of a larger cycle occurring on the farm. Nutrients enter the farm as feed or fertilizer,...

Case Study of Contaminated Compost: Collaborations Between Vermont Extension and the Agency of Agriculture to Mitigate Damage Due to Persistent Herbicide Residues

Animal Manure Management Updated: February 01, 2016

Picloram, clopyralid, aminopyralid and aminocyclopyrochlor are broadleaf herbicides commonly used in pastures due to effectiveness in controlling undesirable...

Composted Horse Manure and Stall Bedding Pilot Project

Horses Animal Manure Management Updated: February 01, 2016

The purpose of this project was to study and promote the use of compost as an alternative horse stall bedding and encourage horse owners and managers to...

Reducing Hay Waste Associated with Outdoor Feeding of Adult Horses

Animal Manure Management Updated: February 01, 2016

Hay is commonly fed to horses and is usually the largest and most expensive dietary component for adult horses. Hay waste can occur during both storage and...

Environmental Management on Equine Farms or the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Animal Manure Management Updated: January 19, 2016

Equine farms are often small acreages that may not have ready access to technologies and information appropriate to their farms. Westendorf et al. (2010a)...

Pasture Management on Horse Farms

Animal Manure Management Updated: October 26, 2015

Proper pasture management is important to holistic farm management. Grazing animals deposit manure on pastures and exercise areas. This manure ultimately...

Manure Production and Characteristics

Animal Manure Management Updated: October 26, 2015

Manure is an inevitable byproduct of livestock and poultry production. Manure is a valuable material that can be used as a source of organic matter and...

Exercise or Sacrifice Lots for Horses

Animal Manure Management Updated: October 26, 2015

A sacrifice or exercise area is your animal’s outdoor living space ( see Exercise Areas) . It is called a sacrifice area because you are giving up land that...

Feed Management on Small Livestock Farms

Dairy Animal Manure Management Updated: October 23, 2015

Nitrogen and phosphorus from agriculture sources can affect water quality. These nutrients are required for plant and animal growth, but too much in...

Software For Evaluating the Environmental Impact of Dairy and Beef Production Systems

Animal Manure Management Updated: October 09, 2015

Waste to Worth home | More proceedings....Quantifying the long term environmental impacts of dairy and beef production is complex due to the many...

Off-Farm Manure Disposal

Animal Manure Management Updated: September 29, 2015

When a farm has more manure than can be properly applied to acreage that they own or rent, other options need to be considered.Some producers may contract...

Fencing To Limit Horses Access to Riparian Areas

Animal Manure Management Updated: September 29, 2015

Fencing along stream banks, lakes, and wetlands (riparian areas) is important in order to limit the access horses have to the waterways. When horses area...

Stall Waste Production and Management

Animal Manure Management Updated: September 29, 2015

A 1,000 pound horse will defecate approximately four to thirteen times each day and produce approximately nine tons of manure per year. The 1,000 pound horse...

Spreading Manure on Horse Farms

Animal Manure Management Updated: September 29, 2015

A tractor and a manure spreader are needed to ensure proper field application of stored manure. Some small farms may be able to utilize small ground-drive...

Manure Storage on Horse Farms

Animal Manure Management Updated: September 29, 2015

The capability to store manure reduces or eliminates the need to spread manure on a daily basis. The primary reason to store manure is to allow for land...

Equine Barnyard Management

Animal Manure Management Updated: September 29, 2015

Horse paddocks (and pastures) may contain large quantities of mud due to excessive traffic. Mud is more than a “mess” or “nuisance.” Winter and spring rains...

The Natural Farming Concept: A New Economical Waste Management for Small Family Swine Farms

Animal Manure Management Updated: May 23, 2015

The most critical issue facing livestock and other small family operations nationwide is the development and implementation of cost effective pollution...

Effect of Temperature on Methane Production from Field-Scale Anaerobic Digesters Treating Dairy Manure

Animal Manure Management Updated: April 30, 2015

Anaerobic digestion is a process that results in the production of biogas that can be used a renewable source of electricity on-farm or sold to the...

Low Tech Waste to Energy Applications in Developing Countries

Animal Manure Management Updated: April 07, 2015

Animal waste is fully utilized in most developing countries, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  Utilization of animal waste for energy,...

Validation of Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectral Data for Analyzing Horse Manure

Animal Manure Management Updated: March 28, 2015

Increased horse numbers and insufficient acreage limit the ability for on-farm use of horse manure. Nearly 58% of surveyed farmers in NJ indicate that some...

Converting Manure, Food Wastes and Agricultural Production Wastes into Bio-Secure Fertilizer, feed, and/or beeding

Animal Manure Management Updated: March 24, 2015

To find a way to completely eliminate bio-hazards in manure, food wastes, municipal sludge, and agricultural production wastes.We adapted existing dry...

The Importance of Markets for Co-products and Innovations for Farms of All Sizes (Innovative Technologies for Managing Manure - Part 1)

Animal Manure Management Updated: March 24, 2015

Livestock and poultry operations face considerable logistical and financial challenges to manage over a billion tons of nutrient-laden manure generated in...

Natural Rendering: Composting Horse Mortality

Animal Manure Management Updated: March 18, 2015

Understanding Livestock Composting as there are few methods to safely dispose of livestock mortalityCWMI has been working on mortality disposal since 1990....

Economical Anaerobic Digestion of CAFO Animal Waste

Animal Manure Management Updated: March 17, 2015

The application of manure on croplands is increasingly under regulatory scrutiny, especially from impaired watersheds. The challenge facing many small farms...

Extension Recognizes Pennsylvania Farms that Adopt Sound Management Practices Protecting Water Quality and the Environment

Horses Animal Manure Management Updated: March 16, 2015

The Environmentally Friendly Farm program was developed by Penn State Equine Extension and is designed to recognize farms that adopt environmentally sound...

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