Do you have a plan in place if a manure spill or run-off occurs at your feeding facility?
"Every farm, regardless of size, must be prepared to mange a manure-handling emergency," notes Michael Hunter, a field crops educator with Cornell cooperative extension. Mr. Hunter offers these tips to help contain a manure spill:
- Keep a written list of strategies that you can use to stop or control a spill. For example identify ways to stop a lagoon overflow.
- Keep a list of phone numbers for the following local authorities and agencies so you can contact them if a spill occurs:
- Emergency Medical Services officials if the spill leaves your property or enters surface waters.
- Local soil and water conservation district or natural resource conservation district.
- Cooperative extension service.
- Include a list of phone numbers so you can get the needed equipment such as a bulldozer or other equipment quickly in the event of an emergency.