Syd Nerland

At this point in my life, I am trying to leave a legacy for my grandsons and granddaughter. I want to pass on the farm in good condition to my family.
— Syd Nerland

Syd raises beef cattle north of Oso, however he found that raising livestock west of the Cascades has its challenges. On advice from his neighbor, Syd contacted the District for help with mud and manure management. The solution to Syd’s issue was a compost-bedding pack barn where his cows can be confined during the winter months and manure can be easily managed with composting. Syd’s system not only manages his herd’s manure, but also uses horse-stall waste as his main source of added carbon to absorb manure and urine, taking care of two potential risks to water quality in one system. 

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