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August 16th, 2019

Composting brings up images of buckets of scrap food and lawn trimmings. But the University of Illinois Extension Office took the idea one step further as they showed farmers how to compost livestock. 

Brian Gordon is a farmer in Iroquois County.

“One of the biggest diseases right now is actually African swine fevers — the big talk in the swine industry,” Gordon said. “It was surprising to learn that’s actually one of the lower risk diseases. PED is another really big issue in the swine industry, and learning that composting is a very efficient way of getting rid of those pathogens.”

In composting, farmers create an enclosure for the animal to break down naturally. Read more …