Dairy manure is a valuable resource to farmers. Manure is stored on the farm until it can be used to fertilize crops. Dairy farmers often work closely with certified nutrient management experts to develop a comprehensive nutrient management plan to utilize manure as fertilizer.
A comprehensive nutrient management plan is a detailed plan of how, where, and when to apply manure to crop fields. These plans will vary depending on factors such as crop type, herd size, region, weather, etc. The plan will help farmers apply manure to fields at the right time, the right place, with the right source, and in the right rate ensuring that nutrients are used efficiently and the risk of nutrient runoff into waterways is minimized.
The goals are to feed cows a balanced diet for growth and production, while simultaneously minimizing any adverse effects to their land and the environment.