Manure Management, Get the Scoop on Poop

Anyone that has animals knows that manure happens. Many 4-H projects fall into the animal category and create their fair share of manure. It is important to make sure to include a manure management system into any animal project. The system may be as simple as spreading out the manure or creating a compost system.

Do you have an animal?

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Do you have a manure management system?

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The following chart shows approximately how much manure is created by each species in a six month time frame:

Table 1. How much manure do we get?

Animal Cubic yards/6 months
Horse                     5.5
Cow (1,000 lb)       7
Sheep                    0.5
Chicken                 0.25
Pig                         1.5
Data: OSU Extension publication EM 8649

Now, what do we do with it? This Living on The Land Managing Manure article shares a variety of different ways to handle manure responsibly.

  • Drag Pastures
  • Collect from all season pens
  • Use it
  • Give it away or sell it
  • Store it

Check out the article or the audio files and share with your 4-H club! Chances are not everyone has thought about the manure management side of an animal project.

Beef it up!

Over the last two years we have seen tremendous growth in the 4-H beef project. Raising a market steer is no easy task and it is a long term commitment. So what gets people excited about beef?

They are awesome! Not only do they have a great personality, but they also have great hair.

beef clinic

This year we’ll be holding a 4-H/ FFA beef clinic. We will have guest speaker Katie Deupree speaking and teaching about caring and feeding, grooming, and showing your beef! This will be a great workshop for beginners and advanced. Come on out and learn from the expert. Katie will probably share some tips on what to do with all your animals great hair!

IMG_2523Be sure to sign up for the clinic on December 14th at 1:00pm at a barn near the Hood River County Fairgrounds. This clinic is being organized by one of our very own 4-H members, Lexi Jones, in her quest to learn more about raising and showing beef.

Animal Pails and Microbe Tales-The Happy Ending is up to YOU!

 

Yes, our lovely animals may have some tag-a-longs and it is up to you to know about it. Below is a great resource to help teach your 4-H club about bio security and keeping animals healthy.

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Winter is a great time to brush up on information, so that you can be ready in the spring to introduce your new market animal to your home.

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This animal science lesson can be used across 4-H animal project areas to develop an understanding of microorganisms, or “germs” -and how they are transmitted, and to promote animal health with safe cleaning methods and good management plans.    If you have any questions about teaching the lesson or training your volunteers to use it in a club setting contact Dani.Annala@oregonstate.edu.

The PowerPoint presentation to be used in this lesson is available at http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu/animal-science-projects

The Germ Glow kit can be borrowed by contacting dani.annala@oregonstate.edu