Submitted to: University of Minnesota Special Publication
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: January 21, 2009
Publication Date: February 20, 2009
Citation: Spiehs, M.J. 2009. The Value of Manure in Feedlot Operations. University of Minnesota Special Publication. In: Beef Cattle Program Proceedings, Research and Extension Reports, 2009 CDROM. Technical Abstract: The dramatic increase in the cost of commercial fertilizer has prompted crop producers to look much more favorably at the use of livestock manure as an alternative fertilizer for their crops. Manure and commercial fertilizer both provide basic nutrients necessary for crops but there are differences in how the nutrients are applied, released, and ultimately available to the plant for nutrient uptake when manure is used in place of commercial fertilizer. Determining the economic value of manure is a complex process dependent upon nutrient concentration of manure, crop and soil fertility needs, and cost of applying the manure. The purpose of this paper is to briefly explain reasons to determine an economic value of manure, differences between commercial fertilizer and manure, a method for assigning an economic value to livestock manure, and strategies producers can use to increase the economic value of manure from their livestock operation.