Vale feedlot tour offers information on managing runoff |

Vale feedlot tour offers information on managing runoff

An Aug. 22 tour will give western South Dakota producers the chance to see a variety of nutrient waste systems including “vegetated treatment systems” that treat animal waste by converting nutrients to grass.

The tour starts at 1 p.m. Mountain time at The Last Call bar, 606 Rosander Ave., Vale. The cost is $5 per person. A bus will take participants to feedlots to see three management systems and will return to Vale at 4:30 p.m. Call Stacy Hadrick, (605) 347-2436, to register for the tour.

The first site is H.L. Brunner & Sons Feedlot. This established feedlot was built directly on a major watershed. The Cox Feedlot near Vale is another established feedlot that utilizes runoff for field fertigation. The final stop is a vegetated treatment system at the Blair Brothers Angus Ranch north of Sturgis.

Professor Todd Trooien of South Dakota State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is working with beef producers around South Dakota 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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