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The 'Other Fertiliser': The Economic Value of Swine Finishing Manure

1 January 2013, at 12:00am

By Robert Koehler, William F. Lazarus and Mindy Spiehs for University of Minnesota Extension. Published in 2008.


  • Changing Attitudes Regarding Swine Finishing Manure
  • Determining Manure Value
  • Basic Methodology
    • Efficient Manure Nutrient Utilisation is Key
    • Challenges and Observations
    • Manure Application Costs
    • Combining Manure and Commercial Fertiliser
    • Phytase in Swine Diets
  • Calculated Economic Value of Liquid Swine Finishing Manure on Minnesota Farm Fields
    • Concluding Observations on the Economic Value Calculations
  • Variation in Manure Test Dry Matter: Dilution Versus Other Factors
  • Related References
  • Appendix: Spreadsheet and Instructions

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updated December 2013

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