Manure Management Choices for Wisconsin Dairy & Beef Cattle Operations

USDA NRCS, University of Wisconsin Extension, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resourcs, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection

Farmers with dairy and beef cattle are familiar with the dilemma of manure management – the same nutrients that make manure a valuable fertilizer also make it a threat to Wisconsin’s streams, lakes and groundwater. The challenge for the farmer is to manage manure in ways that maximize its benefits while protecting water resources. Your operation probably looks very similar to one of the management and housing systems shown on these two pages. This publication provides a guided tour of the water resource issues associated with each of these systems. It will help you look at your operation with an eye toward water quality, point out some common problems, and introduce practical management solutions.