Texas leads the nation in cattle, sheep and wool, and goats and mohair production; ranks third in the production of poultry and eggs; and is seventh in the production of milk and dairy products. In 2007, the livestock inventory in Texas stood at 13.7 million cattle and calves, 0.4 million dairy cows, 1.2 million hogs, 19.1 million layers, and 616.3 million broilers. This production, according to the USDA 2007 Census of Agriculture, contributed over $14 billion to the state’s economy. Concurrently, this production also produces a significant bi-product – manure. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service estimates, annual production of animal waste in Texas exceeds 153 million tons. However, “animal waste” isn’t necessarily a fitting term for describing this bi-product as it provides a very good organic fertilizer that’s used extensively for forage and crop production. However, proper management of these animal wastes is imperative to prevent environmental degradation and reduce nuisance odors. Programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension are working to provide the science and outreach to improve management of this resource to the benefit of the agricultural producers and the environment.
Texas Animal Manure Management Issues website is a clearinghouse of comprehensive information and education on Texas Animal Manure Management Issues (TAMMI) to benefit producers, agricultural business professionals, government agencies, private consultants, educational institutions and general public and serves as a one stop electronic library on this subject. The site is continuously up-dated with pertinent information. The “Ask the Manure Expert” feature has been an excellent resource for clients in Texas and other states and countries.