Spring is in the Air
by Allison Ryan
As spring rolls in and winter fades away, the signs of the season are abundant: the aroma of fresh flowers, the sound of birds chirping, the sight of green trees and occasionally…the smell of manure.
Every spring, dairy farmers tend to their farms by spreading liquid manure across their fields.
Dairy farmers take many steps to lessen the manure smell and be courteous to their neighbors. This includes:
- Increasing spreading of liquid manure during cool weather,
- Limiting spreading from mid-June to mid-July,
- Incorporating liquid manure into the ground after spreading as soon as possible, where appropriate, and
- Minimizing spreading near and on holidays.
Nearly all dairy farmers live where they work and are committed to maintaining healthy communities. Responsible environmental practices and animal care are essential to their success because they create the foundation for producing the best dairy foods.
A wide range of environmentally sound practices are used on Ohio and West Virginia’s dairy farms, including manure-management plans, water-recycling systems, conservation tillage, grass, waterways and routine water testing. With these practices, dairy farmers raise healthy animals and keep their farms clean and safe.
In Ohio and West Virginia, our farm families raise more than more than 275,000 dairy cows on more than 2,700 dairy farms. In an average year, Ohio and West Virginia dairy cows produce approximately 5.5 billion pounds, or about 645 million gallons, of milk.