Environmental Best Management Practices for Louisiana Swine Production

Ronald Levy  |  3/6/2018 8:43:23 PM

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The swine industry is one of the smaller animal industries in Louisiana, contributing approximately $2.58 million to the state’s economy in 2010. Louisiana’s swine production focuses primarily on raising feeder pigs for youth livestock projects, showing or direct sale at auction barns. Although swine farms are located across the state, the greatest production is in St. Martin, Vermilion, Calcasieu, Avoyelles, Rapides, West Feliciana and Beauregard parishes. Swine production, by its nature, requires specific practices to conserve and protect soil and water resources.

BMPs for swine farms are a specific set of practices used by farmers to reduce the amount of soil, nutrients, pesticides and microbial contaminants entering surface water and groundwater while maintaining or improving the productivity of agricultural land. This list of BMPs is a guide for the selection and implementation of those practices that will help swine farmers conserve soil and protect water and air resources by reducing potential pollutants and/or keeping them from reaching both surface water and groundwater.

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