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Manage Manure and Spread the Wealth

You’ll never think of manure the same way!

By Susan Hayhurst

Never in my wildest dreams as a city girl did I imagine some day living with a manure lagoon in my back yard. Goodness sakes, I didn’t even know such things existed, let alone realize they needed to be managed.

Just what is managing manure, anyway? I learned about managing people in my marketing class in PurdueUniversity’s Krannert School of Management, but nowhere in our lectures did my professor infer we might need to manage something as horrifically smelly as livestock manure.


Being hog and cattle producers, we commit to being good stewards of the land. We know we have to pay extra attention to where the hogs’ leftovers end up. And I now know that cattle manure makes my garden flourish. Of course, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management checks with us every few years to make sure our farm complies with regulations, and lives up to our commitment to ‘spread the wealth’ efficiently.

Personal views

I have a few additional perspectives on manure management.


Did you know that managing manure means we exercise administrative authority over it? Hmm. That perspective spreads a new light on what work world managers manage.


Environmental activists are acutely aware of the high volume of expensive chemicals applied to urban dwellers’ lawns and golf courses, all in the name of aesthetic value. Imagine the reaction of urbanites and sports enthusiasts when they learn they can manage their big buck layouts by having a ‘honey wagon’ leave a thin layer of fresh hog manure on their grass.


Perhaps someday we’ll even hear the network anchors break a news story on the health management benefits of manure injection, instead of Botox injections! (Hayhurst writes from Terre Haute.)

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