Haakon County tour visits vegetated treatment system
An Aug. 11 tour will give western South Dakota producers the chance to see a “vegetated treatment system” that treats animal waste by converting nutrients to grass.
The tour starts at 1 p.m. Mountain time at the ranch of Ralph Jones and sons, located five miles south of Midland, SD on state Highway 63, then two miles west. A white ranch sign with red wagon wheels indicates the turn.
From Interstate 90, the ranch is located seven miles north at Exit 170, then two miles west.
Professor Todd Trooien of South Dakota State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is working with beef producers around South Dakota, including Jones, to evaluate vegetated treatment systems as a possible alternative to basin treatment systems for handling animal wastes.
The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Farm Bureau are key supporters of the research.
Trooien said basin-based systems still will be the best solution for managing animal wastes for some feedlots. The research is exploring whether vegetated treatment systems may provide a management alternative for some producers in some situations.
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A pasture or lot with plenty of grass or bedding and windbreak is important when calving in the cold.