Learning how residuals can lead to a more profitable ranch land operation

Friday, March 31, 2017

The BC Cattlemen’s Association, the Kamloops Stockmen’s Association and SYLVIS Environmental conducted the following workshop: Economic & Environmental Advantages of Residuals in Forage Production.  In this half-day workshop, attendants learned how residuals such as biosolids, wood ash, recycled paper fiber, pulp mill and water treatment residuals pencil out to a more profitable operation for long-term success.

Presentations included:

  • The Economics, Nutrient Management and Practicalities of Land Applying Residuals - Chris Cooper, Senior Agronomist
  • Impacts of Biosolids Applications on Insect and Birth Communities - Dr. Karen Hodges, Associate Professor, Biology
  • Benefits Realized from Biosolids Applications at the OK Ranch - Lawrence Joiner, OK Ranch Owner
  • Assessing the Risks of Exposure to Compounds Found in Biosolids - John Lavery, Senior Environmental Scientist

The workshop as well attended by local cattle and hay producers as well as members of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Agricultural Advisory Committee and the Skeetchestn Indian Band.

SYLVIS looks forward to working with several of these producers that expressed interest in improving their lands this coming year.