Illinois Certified Livestock Manager training options announced  

Options for certified livestock manager training, required under the Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act, have been announced.

Brad Beaver, Chief for the Bureau of Environmental Programs with the Illinois Department of Agriculture tells Brownfield any facility over 300 animal units must have at least one employee certified.

“This is for the person that is most familiar with the manure management and handles all of the nutrient management applications at the facility.”

He says 300 animal units is equivalent to 750 finishing hogs, 214 milking dairy cows or 300 beef cattle. For facilities over 1,000 animal units, the representative is also required to take a competency exam.

Beaver says the training curriculum is updated annually and focuses on environmental awareness, safety, new technologies, stewardship, and nutrient management.

“With the increase in fertilizer costs these days, we want to be sure the nutrients that those facilities have are being used appropriately and in the most efficient way they can.”

There are 8 in-person workshops being offered across the state in February. An online, on demand training is also available. Certifications must be renewed every 3 years. Click here for more information and to register.

Interview with Brad Beaver

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