Harvest 2019 was a tough one for many Midwest farmers. While some were lucky enough to avoid the rains, others faced a stop-start game managing to get in the field intermittently over the course of a very prolonged harvest period.
Sometimes, producers get so focused on caring for their animals, they neglect their health, safety, or well-being. Even with the best intentions and layers of coveralls, jackets, gloves, etc., working with livestock is often unpredictable.
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The manure management and storage system employed in your confinement cattle facility will impact the project cost at the time of construction and have a lasting impact on operating efficiency as well as cattle health and cattle performance…and profitability for the life of the facility. Environmental regulations and the desire to capture the value of cattle manure have increased manure storage needs in these facilities.
Dr. Paul Walker of Illinois State University has advised us that he has a tractor and compost turner to place on an Illinois beef feedlot with a deep bed pack manure system on a two-year loan basis.
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