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Check out your options at the Manure Expo!

July 18, 2013  by Manure Manager

Photo courtesy of Marg Land.

Jul. 18, 2013, Guelph, Ont. – The North American Manure Expo will be held on August 20 and 21, 2013, the premier event of its kind in Canada. This year, our theme of the 2013 event is “Getting It Right: Precision manure application.”

While the equipment and trade show runs from 8-5pm on August 21st, there will be 8 classroom sessions that you won’t want to miss. REMEMBER: MORNING SEMINARS BEGIN AT 9am sharp!

Details of sessions #3 and #4 follow here.

Session #3 – Valuing the Resource (Pt. 1) (to be held in Classroom A)


What are the four R’s when it comes to manure management? Do know and properly understand how to combine soil fertility requirements with the right application window?

If not, you could be increasing environmental risk and also failing to maximize your economic value. Come to this session to learn more about the differences between livestock manure, compost and non-agriculturally sourced materials and which could work best for you.

Our speakers Dr. John Lauzon (Department of Land Resource Science, University of Guelph), Harry Buurma (Farmer, Watford, Ont.) and Dr. David Lapen (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) will share science, regulatory information and experience to help you make the best decisions for manure application on your farm.

Session #4 – Comparison of Systems (to be held in Classroom B)

So, you know what you want to apply and why, but do you know the best way to get it done? How far can manure be hauled and at what cost?

Generously sponsored by Hydro Engineering, this session begins with the question “what if manure can’t be applied here?” You need a contingency plan based on your options – if you have them. Could you transport manure several kilometers from the source? Let’s discuss!

Our speakers for this segment, Don Hilborn (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs), Jim Bloxsidge (Farmer, Burgessville, Ont.) and Peter Milton (Manager, Arkell Research Station, University of Guelph) will review and compare tanker, draghose and pipeline systems.

Safety, speed, application rate and timing must all be carefully considered before starting, too. What about owning versus custom application and required prep work to transport manure through watercourses?

If you’re unsure about any of these things, attend this session and all will be revealed!

NOTE: Sessions 5 through 8 will be featured in upcoming news items.

Don’t miss the North American Manure Expo, being hosted north of the U.S. border for the first time ever at the University of Guelph’s Arkell Research Station, minutes from Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

To register, or for more information, please visit


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