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Brown Gold Strike
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:28 AM CDT

As unappetizing as it is to discuss over dinner, manure management is a pig farmer's bread and butter. Manage manure well, and he makes more money. Manage it really well, and he can earn what is, for a livestock producer, a rare accolade: conservation champion.

Just ask the owners of Meadowlane Farms, in Frankfort, Ind. Mike Beard, his son Dave and his son-in-law Chris Pearson have not only won awards for their environmental stewardship, their wean-to-finish operation has become a conservation showcase, visited by public officials, schoolchildren and even the occasional industry critic.

Meadowlane Farms is as eager as livestock ...

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