To get full value from its manure, Smithfield Foods looks toward innovation and partnerships to be the ultimate recycler, converting hog manure to fertilizer for crops or to different types of energy.
Nutrient management
Three hog barns reflected on a manure lagoon in the foreground
Applying hog manure using a drag line system into a field of small grain stubble.
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Special care is needed to prevent manure runoff in late-winter early spring
Snowmelt can cause nutrient transport from manure, so careful planning is required to protect water and to get the most from the manure nutrients.