Manure production rates by finishing cattle in deep-pit cattle barns for the Northern Great Plains

E. Cortus, W. Rusche, J. Darrington

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Deep-pit cattle confinement buildings are increasingly popular in the Northern Great Plains. For manure storage capacity design, there is a need to update manure production values, accounting for the size and type of modern finishing cattle in the region. Working with producers, monthly manure depth measurements will be collected from four pens in each of three barns, and the manure production volumes calculated. Supplemental data include animal size and type, feed ration, and weather data (precipitation, temperature, relative humidity). These production estimates will inform nutrient and environmental modeling efforts for cattle production in the Northern Great Plains and beyond.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2017
Event2017 ASABE Annual International Meeting - Spokane, United States
Duration: Jul 16 2017Jul 19 2017


Other2017 ASABE Annual International Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We appreciate the cooperation by the producers who let us collect data on their farm and shared data with us. This project is also supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Research Award XXXX, and the South Dakota State University Agricultural Experiment Station.

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  • Beef cattle
  • Confinement
  • Manure production


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