No final report submitted to date.
•To assess by surveying farms using CDB what their needs are and experience has been in managing these facilities;
•To determine using a micro-composting laboratory which crop residue materials possess the necessary chemical and physical characteristics to be prime candidates for use in the CDB;
•To conduct a pilot study at the Morris West Central Research and Outreach Center with the most promising crop and wood byproduct residues identified by the micro-composting experiments;
•To extend the use of the most successful alternative bedding to be used by cooperating CDB farms to determine the effectiveness in a commercial setting;
•To explore the use of the CDB end product as a value added media source for the commercial composting industry;
•To develop an Extension education program to provide this information to the general dairy farm public.