Does Manure Solid-Liquid Separation Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Swine Farms?

green stylized pig logoThere is some research suggesting that separating swine manure into solids and liquids can slightly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions emitted from the manure itself. It is not likely to be significant enough for separation to be a viable strategy by itself.

The primary reason to use solid-liquid manure separation is to prepare manure for further treatment in a system that can:

  1. generate energy (such as anaerobic digestion, thermal technologies, etc.)
  2. produce products for re-use on a farm (such as bedding for dairy cows),
  3. generate compost or fertilizer.

Any of these options can reduce the GHG emissions or carbon footprint of a farm by replacing fossil-fuel intensive inputs.

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Authors: Rick Fields, University of Arkansas and Jill Heemstra, University of Nebraska


This information is part of the program “Integrated Resource Management Tool to Mitigate the Carbon Footprint of Swine Produced In the U.S.,” and is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68002-30208 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Project website.