Reducing odors from area feedyards - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

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
  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Race, gender, fame questions loom as Cosby jurors sought

    Race, gender, fame questions loom as Cosby jurors sought

    Monday, May 22 2017 1:28 PM EDT2017-05-22 17:28:38 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 1:28 PM EDT2017-05-22 17:28:38 GMT

    Lawyers in Bill Cosby's sex assault case this week hope to find a dozen jurors and six alternates willing to be sequestered nearly 300 miles from home.

    Lawyers in Bill Cosby's sex assault case this week hope to find a dozen jurors and six alternates willing to be sequestered nearly 300 miles from home.

  • APNewsBreak: Source says Flynn to invoke 5th Amendment

    APNewsBreak: Source says Flynn to invoke 5th Amendment

    Monday, May 22 2017 1:27 PM EDT2017-05-22 17:27:43 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 1:27 PM EDT2017-05-22 17:27:43 GMT

    Members of key congressional committees are pledging a full public airing as to why former FBI director James Comey was ousted amid an intensifying investigation into Russia's interference with the U.S. election.

    Members of key congressional committees are pledging a full public airing as to why former FBI director James Comey was ousted amid an intensifying investigation into Russia's interference with the U.S. election.

  • Trump says he didn't mention Israel in meeting with Russians

    Trump says he didn't mention Israel in meeting with Russians

    Monday, May 22 2017 1:27 PM EDT2017-05-22 17:27:33 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 1:27 PM EDT2017-05-22 17:27:33 GMT

    President Donald Trump is set to visit Israel on a two-day trip, his agenda marked by elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    President Donald Trump is set to visit Israel on a two-day trip, his agenda marked by elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Powered by Frankly