NRCS Practice Standard: Feed Management (592)
About the Company:
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s primary private lands conservation agency. The NRCS helps producers protect and conserve natural resources on private lands through voluntary conservation programs. Through Practice Standards and technical guides, the NRCS provides information about the conservation, energy resources, and provides personalized advice to individual producers.
The NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides technical and financial assistance to producers as they implement NRCS Conservation Practice Standards.
Technical guides used in each field office are localized so that they apply specifically to the geographic area for which they are prepared. Thus, while national guidelines have been provided as a framework for each standard, each state has adopted and modified the conservation practice standards to suit their individual landscape.
To find a local NRCS Service center click here.
To find the specific guideline for each state click here.
About the Solution:
Feed Management (592)
Feed management is the manipulating and controlling of the quantity and quality of available nutrients, feedstuffs, ingredients, or additives fed to livestock and poultry.
Feed management is used on livestock and poultry operations with a whole farm nutrient imbalance, where more nutrients are imported to the farm than are exported and utilized by crops on the farm, or there is a significant accumulation of nutrients in the soil due to the application of manure without a land base large enough to allow nutrients to be applied at rates recommended by soil test and utilized by crops in the rotation. This practice is also implemented when diets are not analyzed and balanced, or when seeking to improve nutrient use efficiencies, reduce manure pathogens, and/or reduce air emissions.
The purpose of the practice is to supply the quantity of available nutrients required by livestock and poultry for maintenance, production, and reproduction, while reducing the quantity of nutrients— especially nitrogen and phosphorus—excreted in manure by minimizing the overfeeding of these and other nutrients, thereby improving net-farm income by feeding nutrients more efficiently.
Common Associated Practices
NRCS Conservation Practice Standard (CPS) Feed Management (Code 592) is commonly applied with NRCS CPS Nutrient Management (Code 590).
To view the full NRCS standard for Feed Management please click here.
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
NOTE: There are multiple technologies that are used as part of integrated manure management systems and yet are not manure management types on their own. The impact of these technologies on their own would be minimal or very difficult to quantify.
General Support & Other:
- Can be an integral part of many manure management systems
- Most projects have at least some equipment that supports operations of the main technology
- This technology is not evaluated on its own, the NEAT Matrix for this technology is neutral unless utilized with other technologies.
Newtrient is using the USDA-NRCS conservation practice standards as tools to assist dairy producers in understanding the standards and how they can be used to address resources concerns.
To establish a Practice Standard a system or practice must be thoroughly vetted, approved, and standardized by the USDA at the federal and state level. These conservation practices have been developed to address various environmental resource concerns. Newtrient has developed a 9-point scoring process for ranking additives, practices, services, and technologies for the dairy industry. Recognizing the rigorous approval procedure used during the development of the NRCS Practice Standards, many of them score very highly and are worthy of consideration on any dairy where they apply.
The information provided here is a summary of the selected conservation practices. For up to date and detailed information related to the full Practice Standards, please see the USDA NRCS website, linked above.
1. OPERATIONAL HISTORY