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Dairy Cattle Publications & Resources

A Community-based Response to Flooding, Jay Gordon (Farmer-to-Farmer Case Study Series) > PDF
After recent frequent and severe flooding events, dairy farmer Jay Gordon has been working with others in his community to develop a strategy for lessening the impacts of future flooding in their wate . . . . . more details

Anaerobic Digestion Basics > PDF
Anaerobic digestion offers the dairy and food-processing industries a way to address environmental concerns associated with waste, generate renewable energy, cut bedding-material costs, reduce pathoge . . . . . more details

Biofilters in Animal Agriculture > PDF
Biofilters can reduce odor emissions from concentrated livestock facilities. This publication discusses what they are and how they work, describes different types, and discusses important factors affe . . . . . more details

Costs of Liquid-Manure Application Systems > PDF
This publication gives the costs of four liquid-manure field application methods available to Idaho dairies: knife injection, disk injection, broadcast, and drag hose. Authors: C. Wilson Gr . . . . . more details

Dairy Ammonia Control Practices > PDF
"Rules for the Control of Ammonia from Dairy Farms," established by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality in 2006, requires Idaho dairy farms that may emit more than 100 tons of ammonia per ye . . . . . more details

Dairy Compost Production and Use in Idaho: On-Farm Composting Management > PDF
This publication describes composting management practices starting from compost material preparation and ending with the evaluation of the finished product. Authors: Lide Chen and Mario de . . . . . more details

Dairy Compost Production and Use in Idaho: The Composting Process > PDF
This publication explains what composting is, how it occurs, and how various factors affect it. First in a series on composting dairy wastes in Idaho and using dairy compost on the farm. Au . . . . . more details

Dairy Manure Field Applications: How Much is Too Much? > PDF
Dairy manure can increase crop yields and improve soil. However, manure can also cause an excess of certain nutrients, which can damage waterways and crops. This publication presents background inform . . . . . more details

Dehorn Calves with Paste/Descornar Terneras con Pasta > PDF
Of the various methods for dehorning calves that will live in confined areas, dehorning with paste is easy, effective, economical, and low stress to the animals. This illustrated sheet covers the main . . . . . más detalles

Design and Construction of Earthen Embankments for Animal Liquid-Waste Containment > PDF
Properly designed earthen embankment facilities for animal liquid-waste containment will have adequate storage capacity and be constructed to ensure minimal seepage from the sides and bottom of the la . . . . . more details

Double-Cropped Winter Forages > PDF
Double cropping winter forages with corn silage increases total forage available to livestock operations while also removing more phosphorus from the soil. This 13-page bulletin with 14 figures helps . . . . . more details

Ensiling Pressed Beet Pulp > PDF
Ensiling pressed beet pulp for dairy feed is a relatively new practice in the U.S. This publication summarizes storage alternatives, guidelines for ensiling pressed beet pulp, and tips for evaluatin . . . . . more details

Getting the Most Feed Nutrient for the Dollar > PDF
This publication describes a process livestock producers should use to determine the value of a feed that will provide energy or protein to balance a forage-based ration. Authors: Glenn She . . . . . more details

Manure and Wastewater Sampling > PDF
A review of samples from 42 dairies in Idaho showed that nitrogen (N) and phosphorous (P) in wastewater lagoons vary greatly between farms and from year to year. So manure should be tested as close to . . . . . more details

Mitigating High-Phosphorus Soils > PDF
According to Idaho law, livestock operators must make sure their operations are not dumping excess phosphorus into the soil, which could then contaminate surface water or groundwater. This publicati . . . . . more details

Odor Assessments of Idaho Livestock Farms and Manure Application Practices > PDF
Presents the results of sampling odor and gas emissions on 38 dairies and 15 feedlots in southern Idaho. Authors: Ronald E. Sheffield and Matthew W. Thompson 34 pages . . . . . more details

Odor Control Practices for Northwest Dairies > PDF
Large confined dairy cow feeding operations have increased recently in the Pacific Northwest. They produce huge quantities of manure, odors from which can bring conflicts with neighbors. This 23-pag . . . . . more details

Pasture and Grazing Management in the Northwest > PDF
The comprehensive resource for anyone who manages livestock on pastures in the Northwest, this 214- page book offers pasture managers information and tools to enable their pastures and their livestoc . . . . . more details
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Role of Agricultural Processing in Idaho's Economy > PDF
Idaho food manufacturing accounts directly for 16,000 Idaho jobs (2% of the total), $8.5 billion in sales (7.3% of the total), and $1.2 billion of Idaho's gross state product (2% of GSP). T . . . . . more details

Sampling Agricultural Odors > PDF
Agricultural odors are a combination of many different gases in extremely low concentrations. The slightest difference in composition can alter the way a person percieves the odor. To distinguish amon . . . . . more details

Sampling Dairy Manure and Compost for Nutrient Analysis > PDF
This guide describes how to obtain a representative sample of stockpiled dairy manure or dairy compost, select a reliable manure or compost testing laboratory, determine which lab analyses are needed . . . . . more details

What Are Your Forages Worth? > PDF
Designed to help dairy farmers calculate the costs of homegrown forages and compare them to the costs of purchasing forages. Presents typical per-acre costs of establishing, producing, and harvesting . . . . . more details

Worksheet for Calculating Biosolids Application Rates in Agriculture > PDF
Biosolids are a byproduct of municipal wastewater treatment. Raw sewage solids must be processed to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards before they can be called biosolids. This worksh . . . . . more details


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Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 10
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2332
Moscow, ID 83844-2332

Phone: 208-885-7982

Fax: 208-885-9046



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