10 hog farm odor mitigation considerations

Managing odors at hog units seems to be a never-ending challenge, but there are many practices that producers can implement to lessen the impact odors have on the operation and neighbor relations.

Jay Harmon, Iowa State University professor of Ag & Biosystems Engineering, and Daniel Andersen, ISU assistant professor of Ag & Biosystems Engineering, offer 10 considerations producers can take to manage odor, and some of the costs and effectiveness associated with the practices.

Harmon says focus on the simple solutions first. “Consider management as well as cost. If you are building new facilities, spend time focused on proper siting. Consider covering or protecting outside manure storage. And be careful with manure application. Remember, you are hauling odor to your neighbor’s doorstep.”

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