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Bedded Pack Buildings: Solving the Winter Mud, Muck and Manure Problem

By   /  January 6, 2014  /  1 Comment

Where is your herd (or flock) spending this winter? Right about now, with snow, ice, mud and manure building up, you may be wishing you had a different option than the one you’re using. Here’s a solution you can start considering and maybe planning for next year!

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It’s a problem we face every year:  how are we going to care for our livestock through the wi
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Rachel's interest in sustainable agriculture and grazing has deep roots in the soil. She's been following that passion around the world, working on an ancient Nabatean farm in the Negev, and with farmers in West Africa's Niger. After returning to the US, Rachel received her M.S. and Ph.D. in agronomy and soil science from the University of Maryland. For her doctoral research, Rachel spent 3 years working with Maryland dairy farmers using management intensive grazing. She then began her work with grass farmers, a source of joy and a journey of discovery.

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  1. Greetings Rachel and On Pasture readers!
    I just wanted to share an information and warn farmers or operators about the use of gypsum in bedded packs. While gypsum provides drier bedding and can potentially decrease pathogens (found in moister organic materials) and retain ammonia (and nitrogen), it’s use may be dangerous because it helps anerobic microorganisms releasing H2S (Hydrogen Sulfide) gas. H2S is heavier than air and can cause dizziness to operators. However, heavy exposure to this hazardous gas can be fatal.
    Although, I have no knowledge about VT farmers using gypsum in their bedded packs, a Cornell report informed that some New York farmers have used it in their deep bedded packs.
    As a recommendation, maintain well ventilated facilities, take breaks (especially during clean up), have a contingency plan and keep unnecessary people away from manure facilities.
    For more info, please see: http://www.manuremanagement.cornell.edu/Pages/General_Docs/Other/Gypsum_Bedding_bedded_pack_final.pdf

    Juan Alvez

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