Guideline for Dairy Odor Management (NRAES 146/DPC 46 - FRONT MATTER ONLY)

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This guideline, a joint publication between NRAES and the Dairy Practices Council, presents various ways to reduce or eliminate odor from dairy manure and other sources on dairy farms. Topics covered include odors: perception, characteristics, and measurement; sources of on-farm odors; preventing and reducing odors from livestock and other facilities; preventing and reducing odors from manure handling systems; reducing odors during land application; and neighbor relations and regulation. An appendix provides an off-site odor report that can be used by producers to survey farm neighbors and help pinpoint odor problems. Nineteen figures and three tables supplement the text. The book will be of interest to dairy producers, cooperative extension personnel, dairy and waste management advisors and consultants, environmental regulators, and public officials. With rural populations increasing and farms becoming more concentrated, conflicts between dairy farmers and their nonfarming neighbors are on the rise. Larger farms and increased use of manure storages are forcing dairy farmers to deal with odor complaints on a regular basis. There is no low-cost, complete, and easy way to control odors from manure and other on-farm sources, but there are many steps a dairy farmer can take to reduce odors on the farm. Guideline for Dairy Odor Management is a joint publication between the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES) and The Dairy Practices Council (DPC). It was written by Peter E. Wright, Animal Waste Specialist, PRO-DAIRY, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University; Robert E. Graves, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University; and Richard K. Koelsch, Associate Professor, Departments of Biological Systems Engineering and Animal Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. DUE TO OUSTANDING COPYRIGHT ISSUES OR CLEARLY IDENTIFIED OUT-OF-DATE PRACTICES (E.G. SAFETY CONCERNS), ONLY THE FRONT MATTER (E.G. COVER, ToC, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, ETC) ARE PROVIDED HERE AT THIS TIME. Print copies of this item can be purchased from the Dairy Practices Council:

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This 34 page publication (NRAES-146/DPC-46) was originally published (in cooperation with the Dairy Poliocies Council) by the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES, previously known as the Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service), a multi-university program in the Northeast US disbanded in 2011. Plant and Life Sciences Publishing (PALS) was subsequently formed to manage the NRAES catalog. Ceasing operations in 2018, PALS was a program of the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University. PALS assisted university faculty in publishing, marketing and distributing books for small farmers, gardeners, land owners, workshops, college courses, and consumers.


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Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES)


Dairy Farming; Dairy Management; Manure; Odor Control; Agricultural Waste; Dairy Practices Council


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Wright, P. E., Graves, R. E., and Koelsch, R. K. (2001). Guideline for dairy odor management. Keyport, NJ: Dairy Practices Council.

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