Winter workshops set for certified livestock manager training program

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The 2010-2011 Certified Livestock Manager Training (CLMT) Workshops begin this year in Bloomington, Illinois, on Dec. 14. Seven subsequent workshops will be held around the state in the New Year, with three workshops in January, two in February and one in March.

"One topic we'll be discussing at these workshops is winter spreading of manure," said Randy Fonner, U of I Extension specialist and coordinator of the CLMT workshops. "We've had two wet springs in a row, so we'll talk about strategies to empty your storages in the winter when they're full. Then, if it does turn rainy and you can't get in the fields, maybe you won't be in as bad a shape as if you didn't empty them."

Fonner said they will also discuss the topic of phosphorus management. "If you surface apply manure, phosphorus tends to bind to the soil particles. If you have any erosion, the phosphorus gets washed into the creeks and rivers, and then you end up with water quality issues." Fonner said if the manure is injected below the surface, that type of erosion is minimized and the soil keeps more of the phosphorus and nitrogen.

Another way to manage phosphorus includes manipulating the feed so that there is less phosphorus in the manure that is applied to fields. Livestock producers should also consider working with their neighbors to apply manure on fields that have had little if any manure applied in the past.

"Livestock producers who have been applying manure for years probably have more than enough phosphorus in their soils," said Fonner. "If that producer sold his manure to a neighbor who hasn't applied manure before, he can turn around and use the money to apply only the nutrients he needs to his crops."

Fonner said a good soil test will show producers what nutrients they need to apply. "Variable rate application puts the nutrients where you need them, and reduces the risk of unused nutrients going into surface or groundwater."

Brad Beaver, manager of the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Livestock Facilities Program, will be on hand at each workshop to discuss the rules of the Livestock Management Facilities Act, passed in Illinois in May 1996. The act requires certification in livestock manure management for producers with more than 300 animal units and must be renewed every three years. The IDOA exam for certification is offered after each CLMT workshop.

Other topics that will be addressed include manure application in no-till, solutions to feed storage runoff problems and an update on the foaming that's been seen in manure storages under buildings the last two years.

To register for a workshop or purchase a manual or CD, call (800) 345-6087. Prices are listed below, and you may pay by credit card. If you have a 2003 manual or newer, you will not need to purchase a new manual.

CLM Workshop Registration: $30 per person; same farm registrations will be charged $30 for the first registration and $20 for each additional if registered at the same time.

CLM Manual only: $55.00 + $7.50 s&h = $62.50

CLM CD only: $25.00 + $7.50 s&h = $32.50

CLM Manual & CD: $80.00 + $7.50 s&h = $87.50

Workshop walk-ins: $92.00 per person (includes CLM manual)

A workshop brochure is available at www.livestocktraining.com  If you have questions, contact Fonner at (217) 333-2611 or e-mail him at clmt@illinois.edu.

Workshops in our area include:

Dec. 14, 2010 — Bloomington

Location: McLean County Farm Bureau Bldg., 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington, Ill. For directions, call the McLean Co. Extension Office at (309) 663-8306. Registration: 8:15 a.m. Workshop starts: 8:50 a.m. Participants arriving after 9:20 a.m. cannot be certified for attending the workshop. IDOA written exam: 1:30 p.m.

Jan. 19, 2011 — Galesburg

Location: Knox County Extension Office, 180 S. Soangetaha Rd., Suite 108, Galesburg, Ill. For directions call the Knox County Extension at (309) 342-5108. Registration: 8:15 a.m. Workshop starts: 8:50 a.m. Participants arriving after 9:20 a.m. cannot be certified for attending the workshop. IDOA written exam: 1:30 p.m.

Jan. 20, 2011 — Quincy

Location: Adams/Brown County Extension Office, 330 S. 36th St., Quincy, Ill. For directions call the Adams/Brown Co. Extension Office at (217) 222-8380. Registration: 8:15 a.m. Workshop starts: 8:50 a.m. Participants arriving after 9:20 a.m. cannot be certified for attending the workshop. IDOA written exam: 1:30 p.m.

March 10, 2011 — Springfield

Location: Sangamon/Menard County Extension Office, Illinois State Fairgrounds, South Gate, Bldg. 30, Springfield, Ill. For directions call the Sangamon/Menard Co. Extension Office at (217) 782-4617. Registration: 8:15 a.m. Workshop starts: 8:50 a.m. Participants arriving after 9:20 a.m. cannot be certified for attending the workshop. IDOA written exam: 1:30 p.m.

A complete listing of workshops can be obtained by calling your local Extension office.