Using 10,000 gallon of waste per milking head per year X 1.2 million cows in the Wisconsin = 12 billion (12,000,000, 000) gallons of dairy manure a year, if 100% was a liquid. That volume would cover the playing surface of an NFL field (including endzones) to a depth of 5.25 miles!
That’s means there’s a lot of nutrients to apply onto fields as fall crops are harvested. Until Mother Nature touches Wisconsin with winter conditions, there will be lots of work activity around manure storage and handling facilities.
A new factsheet, Non-enclosed Manure Storage Safety Tips is now available at ( https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/agsafety/confined-spaces/manure-storagehandling/nems/). A pdf version of the factsheet is also available on at the top of that webpage.
I encourage you to take time to discuss these safety tips with your family members and employees. If you have hire custom nutrient applicators, use this information as a means to discuss your safety requirements with the business owners and employees.
There’s lots of work to get done before the snowflakes fall and that means long work days ahead. In recent years we’ve had a number of crashes on public roads involving manure application equipment. Slow down and take breaks! Fatigue can greatly influence safety.
Whether at the farm site, field or on the road; work safely!