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MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR SWINE MANURE IN THE CANADIAN PRAIRIES REGION

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

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Authors:   S Karmakar, C Laguë, J Agnew, H Landry
Keywords:   Manure management; Environmental regulations; Systems approach

The three Prairie Provinces (Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan) dominate Canadas agricultural landscape with more than 80% of the countrys farmland and 50% of the total number of farms. Recent years have seen a significant growth of the swine industry in all three provinces. One of the consequences of this expansion has been the need to effectively manage increased quantities of manure in a sustainable fashion. If not properly managed, swine manure can become an important source of pollution, especially as it relates to its impacts on surface water, ground water, and agricultural soils. Typical swine manure management systems in the Prairie region encompasses manure collection, storage and handling, and land application. The design and selection of optimal management sub-systems depend on strategic criteria that must include environmental, agronomic, socio-economical, and technical considerations. In this article, issues related to manure management have been reviewed. Typical manure management sub-systems and components for the Prairie Provinces with a particular emphasis on Saskatchewan are presented. Best management practices suggested by governing bodies are also reviewed.

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