Animal Waste Systems

The type of manure storage structure you would use depends upon your livestock operation, animal waste management system and planned field application. Several options exist including an earthen storage pond, above or below ground tank, pit underneath a confinement facility or a sheltered concrete slab area. Manure can be pumped, scraped and hauled, pushed or flushed into your storage structure. The structure's purpose is to safely contain the manure and keep nutrient loss and pollution of down-stream water bodies to a minimum by preventing runoff.

How it helps

• Protects water quality, by preventing runoff from feedlots.
• Cuts fertilizer costs and reduces nutrient losses.
• Allows for field application when conditions are right.

Planning ahead

• Is the structure planned for the proper location considering the landscape, potential odor problems, visibility, aesthetic value and compatibility with existing farm buildings
• Will the structure store manure in a form you have the equipment to handle?
• Are there buffer zones of vegetation around the structure to filter any runoff and to improve appearance?


• Watch for any leaks or seepage and make repairs.
• Repair any damaged fences immediately.
• Is the structure the right size to handle the amount of manure produced by your livestock during the planned storage period?