Introducing! Odor Assessment Program
In today's legal environment, data on odor levels in and around your livestock operation and implementation of an odor control plan demonstrates that you are pro-active and making the effort to be a good neighbor. Typically, a lawsuit is based upon complaints and statements from neighbors regarding the odor from barns or manure application. The actual problem is often over-stated!
The Odor Assessment Program offers a step-by-step plan for livestock odor assessment and odor reduction. You don't have to deal with the problems yourself! Our 20 years of expertise can help you resolve and deal with odor issues. The odor program we are offering includes assessment of odors, a plan for odor reduction and data to substantiate your efforts.
We provide the WHAT! The WHY! The HOW! And then PROOF!
WHAT….Livestock Odor Audit
Producers often assume that the strongest and most offensive odors come from the manure storage areas and/or are a result of field application of manure. These are the two most obvious, but a systematic audit of livestock odor sources is the first step to a successful odor reduction plan.
An on-site audit will assess the unique conditions contributing to odor.
- Source of emissions
- Animal behavior (assessing defecation patterns that might contribute to odor)
- Manure storage
- Outside areas
- Low-lying wet areas
- Run-off from pens - forming ponds or marshy areas
- Poorly-maintained outside areas
- Dust that kicks up as you walk
- Feeding operations (spillage that gets wet can smell)
- Variables such as height, speed, source and flow rate of odor emissions
- Mapping of complaints (from what direction are complaints coming from or most likely)
- Quantity and frequency of complaints
WHY…Diagnosis and Impact Analysis
- Initial placement of odor measurement equipment to collect initial odor data
- Verification of facility compliance with existing regulations
- Identification of odor sources
- Estimation of mitigation solutions to solve odor problems
HOW…Plans and Solutions
Upon assessment of the “what and why”, a plan for odor abatement provides the “how”.
- Diagnosis of odor situation
- Evidence based impact report…why does this need solving
- Definition of mitigation solutions
- Establishment of goals and measurable objectives of recommended solutions
- Written proposal of solutions to consider for implementation
PROOF…Monitoring and Collecting Data
- Plan will include measurable goals and objectives and a time table for data collection
- Reports on data collected
- Use of data to determine the effectiveness of plan/solutions that were implemented