Biological Systems Engineering


Date of this Version

April 2006


Published in Animal Manure Management Monthly, April 2006. Copyright © 2006 R. Koelsch.


This newsletter introduces the new ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) Standard D384.2, Manure Production and Characteristics. This new standard provides an equation-based approach that integrates animal feeding program and performance into the final estimate of total solids, nitrogen, and phosphorus excretion for seven livestock and poultry species. This article reviews the opportunity this standard provides for improving accuracy of farm-specific nutrient management planning and introduces an educational opportunity for users to be introduced to new software for using the standard.

I propose to conduct one or more workshops on the standard and supporting software tool in June. Attendance will be from your own desk via your connection to a prearranged web site and conference call. If you are interested in learning more about this training opportunity, email 1) your name, 2) email address, and 3) organization to Monte Shomaker <>.