Students will examine the challenges involved with livestock waste management. Students will use a given scenario in order to create a management system for a hen house on a school farm.
This is the third lesson in a four lesson series.
The problems may include ammonia emissions, phosphorus runoff, nitrate leaching and heavy metal runoff. The instructor will provide a problem and scenario that relates to livestock waste management from an agricultural operation. Students will research the problem and design a system or solution.
For example, if a school builds a school farm and raises 100 plus laying hens in confinement, how will the waste be handled? The students will consider factors such as environmental concerns, health and safety regulations, amount of waste produced, reactivity of the waste products, uses for the waste, possible cost and labor requirements.