Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/15/2012
Publication Date: 3/14/2014
Citation: Leytem, A.B., Dungan, R.S., Kleinman, P.J. 2014. Sustainable Manure Management. In: Kebreab, E., editor. Sustainable Animal Agriculture. Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: CAB International. p. 83-112.
Technical Abstract: The sustainability of modern manure management is far from certain, with many demonstrating significant limitations from the stand point of efficient use of manure resources and protection of environmental quality and human health. As demonstrated through this review, for manure management to be sustainable, a broad array of issues must be considered and addressed, all in the context of highly competitive modern livestock production systems that largely seek to minimize costs to the consumer. In the past decade there have been major innovations in the areas of land application, manure treatment and processing and in the science of understanding the impact of manure management. As a result, major opportunities exist to improve the components of manure management. To be sustainable, these optimized components must work within the constraints of the broader livestock production system.