Reducing odors from area feedyards - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Reducing odors from area feedyards

After about a decade worth of research, scientists and engineers are now revealing ways to reduce those unpleasant smells in our area. Amarillo's Texas AgriLife studied air quality issues related to area feedlots and dairies.

They've learned how to identify several compounds that cause the odors coming from these facilities. Kenneth Casey with Texas A&M Agrilife Research says, "Some compounds tend to react and disperse quite quickly so they tend not to be found a distance from a facility. Whereas there are some compounds which are quite persistent in an environment."

Casey says they can figure out a treatment process or look at reducing the amount of sulfur in an animal's diet to reduce the amount of odorous sulfur compounds produced.

They also did research on commercial products, many of which mask the odor with a more pleasant smell, claiming to reduce odor. He says, "A lot of compounds tested; there have been very few shown to be effective."

Casey says there are also logistical challenges. He says, "The problem is how do you take a solution that works in the laboratory, in a beaker on the desk, and apply it over something the size of a feedyard." And economical challenges because some of the compounds are very expensive.

They also discovered that in a dry environment, like the drought we're in, less odor is produced than under wet conditions. He says, "Making sure there's not too much manure in the pens, making sure they drain quickly, making sure the manure management system doesn't contain wet manure for any length of time."

As far as the odor being dangerous, Casey says the concentrations are very minimal, and there haven't been documented health effects.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Building fire at Public Steel, no injuries reported

    Building fire at Public Steel, no injuries reported

    Sunday, March 26 2017 12:43 AM EDT2017-03-26 04:43:35 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    Amarillo police and the Amarillo Fire Department worked a building fire at Public Steel.

    Amarillo police and the Amarillo Fire Department worked a building fire at Public Steel.

  • Rankin Ranch Road Fire 100% contained

    Rankin Ranch Road Fire 100% contained

    Sunday, March 26 2017 12:39 AM EDT2017-03-26 04:39:54 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    The Texas A&M Forest service spent the afternoon monitoring the Rankin Ranch Road Fire and now report it's 100 percent contained.

    The Texas A&M Forest service spent the afternoon monitoring the Rankin Ranch Road Fire and now report it's 100 percent contained.

  • Career fair brings opportunities for young job seekers

    Career fair brings opportunities for young job seekers

    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:29 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:29:17 GMT
    Hundreds of job seekers came dressed for success in hopes of joining teams of local companies in the area. Multiple employment opportunities were available from all levels of employment, including full and part-time positions in technical, health care, management, customer service and many others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Texas unemployment rate is at 4.9 % and in Amarillo the percentage of unemployment is at 3.4 %.  Workforce solutions Panhandle said t...
    Hundreds of job seekers came dressed for success in hopes of joining teams of local companies in the area. Multiple employment opportunities were available from all levels of employment, including full and part-time positions in technical, health care, management, customer service and many others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Texas unemployment rate is at 4.9 % and in Amarillo the percentage of unemployment is at 3.4 %.  Workforce solutions Panhandle said t...
Powered by Frankly