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Maximizing your Manure Value

Nature’s greatest fertilizer: manure. Not only can we harness this animal byproduct and use it to increase production in crops, but also add value back to the land we use. As a source for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, manure can sometimes eliminate the need for commercial fertilizer. How can livestock producers manage this resource to […]

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Solar Energy in the Midwest

Do you ever see solar panels on houses and buildings and wonder, “is the cost of a solar panel worth the return in energy savings?” In some states, such as the coastal states and in the south, the amount of daily sunlight makes up for the seemingly expensive investment for solar panels. The tax write-offs, […]

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Diversifying your Operation: Part 2

At Settje Agri-Services, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting many individuals who are very passionate about the swine industry, from producers, scholars, veterinarians to industry leaders. Some of these people are fourth or fifth generation swine producers to their own family operations, and some have recently added contract finisher barns to their other forms of […]

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Feedlot Worker Safety

As the days get warmer and we start to look for signs of heat exhaustion in cattle, producers need to be aware of employee safety as well. In most recent data from UNMC’s Central States Center for Ag Safety and Health (CS-CASH), the occupational fatality rate for workers in the cattle industry is 116 for […]

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Cattle Confinement: Improving Beef Feedlot Designs

In 2019, feedlot owners are working hard to make sure the get the ROI they need. More and more, they’re finding that custom-designed beef facilities give them that higher return on investment, along with value-driving benefits such as smart manure management and improved animal health.  Many responsibilities of today’s beef producer includes making sure barns […]

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Considerations for a Truck Wash

What are some things that you should consider if you are thinking about adding a truck wash to your facility? We asked Settje Agri-Services Engineer Matt Goeller and President Dean Settje to make a quick checklist of what to think about before starting the process. Check with your local city/county zoning administrator about what permits […]

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Diversifying Your Operation: Part 1

Have you ever wondered about the economic impact of diversifying your operation with another species? Many grain farmers and animal protein producers are looking into adding new forms of income to decrease risks and increase profitability for their business. In the first part of this series, we will discuss the economic and production benefits of […]

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AFO’s in Nebraska

The definition of Animal Feeding Operations (AFO’s) and Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s) and their environmental regulations vary by state, and some are even affected by county zoning. The rules and regulations of CAFO’s in Nebraska are much more complex, although the rules of an AFO are fairly straightforward. Here’s a basic overview on the […]

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Geological Discovery on your Building Site

Have you ever heard of a perched water table? It can be an absolute nightmare for your construction project. We’ve built thousands of buildings across many different soil types. Those buildings have ranged from simple concrete footings for poultry barns, to deep-pit manure holding facilities for swine and cattle barns. And even with that experience, […]

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