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4-H Animal Science


  • Manure Hauler Certification Program

    The certification program creates a clear pathway for farms and for-hire manure applicators (firms) to move from training, to certification, to third party audit (incentivized by reductions in insurance premiums) without implementing a mandatory program. There are three levels to the certification program. Passing the online course with a score of 80% or more is one of two components of becoming Level 1 certified.

  • Feb 16

    Michigan Manure Management Summit

    February 16, 2022 10:00AM – 4:00PM AgroLiquid, 3055 M-21, St Johns, MI 48879

    The Michigan Manure Management Summit is an annual educational event that provides updates on the science, regulations, and best practices of manure management. The program is specifically designed for anyone who hauls and applies manure.

  • Backyard Cattle Management

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Animal Agriculture Session: More people are interested in producing their own beef or supplying friends and family with beef. This presentation offers a nutritional perspective of raising beef cattle for freezer beef. In order to have cattle ready for your harvest appointment, this presentation will discuss different nutritional management strategies and their effects on growth and meat quality.

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" July 17, 2020, Manure composting

    Published on July 17, 2020

    Some of the beef herd manure at Michigan State University's Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan is processed into compost suitable for use on the farm's organic vegetables. Farm manager Paul Naasz describes the process.

  • Liquid Manure and Cover Crops

    Published on January 6, 2020

    Michigan State University Extension Educator, Sarah Fronczak, discusses the benefits of integrating soil manure and cover crops into your farming practices.

  • Getting the Most from Manure Applications

    Published on August 26, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Aug. 26, 2021, focuses on getting the most from manure applications, presented by Brook Wilke, Associate Director for Science and Agronomy, MSU Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Agroecosystem Research.

  • The Realities that no one tells you about Owning Chickens and the Direct Marketing of Meat

    Published on February 17, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Animal Agriculture Session: Many people who buy chicks or even grow chickens do not understand the ramifications of owning such animals. Owning poultry is very different from dogs and cats even though they are of similar size, it is more like owning livestock and they should be treated as such. This presentation will introduce and familiarize potential and current poultry owners with the different aspects of raising poultry that they may not understand. Learn more about nutrition, housing, laws and regulations, sick poultry care, diseases and general considerations when owning and raising poultry. There are a lot of factors to consider when direct marketing meats to consumers. What are the required regulations and how do you follow them? Where can you sell your meat? What factors should you consider when choosing and working with a processor? How do you price the product? What are the impacts of COVID-19 on direct marketing meat and processor scheduling? This session will cover the basics of direct marketing meat and answer these questions and others you have.This presentation is included as part of the Realities That No One Tells You About Owning Chickens recording.

  • Solid Manure and Cover Crops

    Published on January 6, 2020

    Michigan State University Extension Educator, Sarah Fronczak, discusses the benefits of integrating soil manure and cover crops into your farming practices.

  • Basic Healthy Practices for Pigs

    Published on February 16, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Animal Agriculture Session: This session will include information that will help the small or beginning farmers who are involved in pork production. Participants will gain knowledge on proper production practices that focus on management over medication including; biosecurity, vaccination programs, deworming practices, identifying sick or at-risk animals and information on foreign animal diseases (FAD) that pig farmers should be aware of. Whether you are raising animal for your freezer, using a custom butcher while marketing freezer meat or selling pigs on the open market, this session will help you gain a better understanding of production practices that will help improve the health of your swine herd.

  • Small Farm Manure Management Planning

    Published on December 14, 2020
    Developing a manure management plan may seem like a daunting task, or something only done by large farms, but the components of a plan can be applied to all types of farming operations.

  • EGLE announces draft state E. coli TMDL

    Published on July 26, 2019
    CAFO permits to be consistent with new TMDL

  • Changes to setback distances for waste storage facilities

    Published on April 1, 2021
    New language added to Siting GAAMPs on waste storage facility setbacks from the property line.

  • Cover crops can be used to prevent nitrogen loss

    Published on January 20, 2020
    Cover crop research shows that winter cereal rye may reduce nitrate leaching

  • Winter weather impacts make manure storage monitoring critical

    Published on February 15, 2019
    Due to the cold harsh winter, recent heavy rains, and snow melt, livestock producers should keep a close watch on manure storage structures and pumping equipment.

  • Free webinar: Nutrient application planning with the Michigan EnviroImpact Tool

    Published on January 9, 2019
    Learn how to use a free decision support tool for short-term planning of manure application.

  • Spreading manure: Understanding the potential disease impact

    Published on July 15, 2019
    Help prevent the spreading of diseases by putting proper manure biosecurity practices in place

  • The dangers of manure gas and strategies for mitigation

    Published on September 18, 2018
    Many farms are emptying out manure storages this fall and the potential for manure gas intoxication is ever present.

  • Managing manure storage structures

    Published on March 15, 2019
    Assess and monitor outdoor liquid manure storage during the rainy season.