Manure Application on Drought-Affected Fields

America’s pork producers have a long-standing history of environmental stewardship, which includes the proper handling of swine manure. However, when areas experience a drought, the way manure should be handled and applied may require different techniques from standard protocols to maintain good care of the environment. This fact sheet outlines tips for applying manure on drought-affected fields.

Water Conservation in the Swine Industry

As today’s pork producers become increasingly concerned about the environment, they are looking for ways to improve their water conservation techniques. This fact sheet, based on research funded by the Pork Checkoff, outlines key statistics on water useage and practical ways to reduce it at the farm level.

Safe Manure Removal Policies

The process of removing manure from below-building storage of swine facilities is a task that requires careful attention to ensure the utmost safety for humans and pigs. Knowing what to expect when handling manure and following recommended removal guidelines can help make this chore safe.

Get a copy of the Safe Manure Removal Policies Fact Sheet here.

An Introduction to Carbon Footprints

In 2008, the National Pork Board adopted a resolution regarding carbon footprints. The resolution established that the carbon footprint of U.S. pork production is of siginificant importance to the pork industry and its customers.  Also stated was that the industry must develop a strategy to measure its carbon footprint and identify opporutnities that can be implemented by America’s pork producers to reduce it.

The brochure Carbon Footprint: Opportunities for the U.S. pork production industry has general information pork producers and industry can use to learn more about carbon footprint, carbon emissions and how a reduction in both may lead to more efficient pork production. Request a copy through the Pork Store.

Carbon Footprint Facts
The most recent fact sheet on Carbon Footprint is designed to provide an overview of the current status of the carbon footprint of the U.S. pork industry. It also showcases how the Pork Checkoff is taking proactive steps to assess and better understand the industry’s carbon footprint, including the introduction of the new Live Swine Carbon Footprint Calculator. You have direct access to this fact sheet here or order copies through the Pork Store.

Odor Mitigation Resources

The Pork Checkoff has five brochures on minimizing odors from pork production. Open them by clicking on the links below or contact the Pork Store for a hard-copy.

Swine Manure Storage and Handling Practices to Minimize Odors

Siting and Building Design Considerations to Reduce Odor Potential from Swine Facilities

Swine Manure Land Application Practices to Minimize Odors

Basic Management Practices to Mitigate and Control Odors from Swine Operations

Feed Management Practices to Minimize Odors from Swine Operations