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The "other fertilizer": The economic value of swine finishing manure

Robert Koehler1, William F. Lazarus2, and Mindy Spiehs3, University of Minnesota

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Introduction

The purpose of this publication is to raise awareness of the economic value of manure and to discuss a spreadsheet tool for determining and maximizing that value. The basics of manure value calculations are discussed, followed by a summary of manure economic response from actual Minnesota swine operations While this bulletin primarily focuses on liquid swine manure, the basics of determining value also apply to manures with lower nutrient concentration and dry forms or manure from other species.


1Extension Educator - Livestock Systems/Swine, Southwest Research & Outreach Center, Retired
2Professor and Extension Economist, Department Of Applied Economics
3Former Regional Extension Educator - Livestock Manure Systems, Current location: U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, USDA Agricultural Research Service.


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