As agricultural livestock producers, we should know the dangers of manure pit gases. We should know they can be toxic and even deadly. The gases referred to are methane, hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide and ammonia.
Many producers know and understand the risk associated with confined manure handling systems but accidents and deaths still occur because unwarranted risks are taken as manure is being handled and removed from the confined manure handling systems.
Within agricultural production a good share of livestock producers perform routine veterinary work themselves. This includes administering vaccinations or treatments for common disease or sickness. A result of performing this type of work there is increased risk for injury do to a needle stick injury.
Recently the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updated the I-9 Form, which is used to verify the identity and work eligibility of every employee. The new I-9 Form, which is coded with the 07/17/17N in the lower left hand of the document should be used for all new employees hired after September 18, 2017.
During the September 6th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we heard from Jim Salfer, Dairy Extension Educator at University of Minnesota Extension. Salfer discussed some of the improvements to dairy housing and facilities that today’s dairymen are implementing on farms to ensure cow comfort and promote welfare.
In preparation for 2018, several members of the South Dakota North American Manure Expo (NAME) planning committee traveled to Arlington, WI on August 22-23 to attend the 2017 Expo, hosted by the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension and partners.
Plants of the Brassicacea family (canola, camelina, carinata) are rich in glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are compounds that by themselves are non-harmful. When degraded during chewing and digestion however, they form substances that cause a bitter taste which affects the preference for the meal, therefore, potentially decreasing the intake of oilseed meals.
Corn distillers dried grains (DDGS) are valued by ruminant nutritionists because of their high nutrient concentration. During ethanol production most of the starch in corn is fermented which leads to a nearly three-fold concentration of the rest of its nutrients.
In late years, limit-fed nutrient dense diets at a set rate or proportion of body weight of growing dairy heifers has been proved to improve digestibility of nutrients and feed efficiency, while maintaining growth performance. Additionally, using dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) as part of limit-fed diets improved digestibility of crude protein and fiber compared to a corn and soybean product based diet.
On behalf of I-29 Moo University, a 5-state collaboration of extension professionals (Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota), we are inviting you to help with sponsorship of our entire year’s activities.