Cattle Feedlot Waste Management Practices For Water and Air Pollution Control
Texas Agricultural Extension Service , 1990

Sweeten, J.M.

This bulletin outlines some of the basic regulatory requirements, research results and waste-management system operating practices that have been developed in the United States over the last 20 years to address environmental concerns. Concentrating cattle in feedlots has numerous advantages in terms of productivity and quality control and is a widely accepted practice in the United States. Texas leads the nation in fed-beef production, cattle feedlot capacity and slaughter plant capacity. However, concentration of cattle in feedlots results in a quantum increase in the potential for both water and air pollution. To prevent potential problems from developing into real problems, feedlot operators must be proactive in establishing technically sound programs and systems to control rainfall runoff, to manage solid manure and to maintain the feedlot surface and wastewater handling facilities. Both research and educational programs are needed to establish proper design and operating criteria for local conditions, to assist the industry with implementing solutions and to allay public concerns.