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Swine Waste Management Systems

       Even if sufficient land is available, hogs tend to congregate and concentrate their waste. This can be prevented by:

  • moving the feeding, watering, and housing facilities
  • rotating the hogs through a series of open lots

      Hogs raised in an open system should not have unrestricted access to streams because of the damage that can be done to the surrounding water supply. Runoff is difficult to manage in an open system because of the large area and topographic limitations. Rather than invest the capital and time necessary to install and manage an extensive runoff management system, it may be more efficient to convert to a more concentrated operation like the diagram below.

http://www.wsi.nrcs.usda.gov/products/W2Q/AWM/docs/handbk/awmfh-chap9.pdf              

For More Information:

US Department of Agriculture -Animal Waste Management Systems

 

 

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