Livestock Manager Training Workshops Kick Off

Livestock Manager Training Workshops Kick Off

The program runs through late February, moving to a different Illinois location for each workshop.

Workshops have been scheduled to provide Illinois livestock producers the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of the state's Livestock Management Facilities Act. 

The Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops will be held in 12 locations throughout the state beginning Dec. 7, 2011.  While a general curriculum is offered, several workshops are tailored specifically for either swine or beef and dairy production.  Producers should register for the session that best fits their schedule and interests. 

The curriculum has been updated to reflect the latest industry practices and offer new information to producers who may have completed the training before and are renewing their certification.  The new workshop topics include:

Manure and wastewater as a nitrogen source


Winter application of manure

New and improved tools for managing manure

The Livestock Management Facilities Act requires facilities with 300 or more animal units to have at least one employee certified in proper manure handling procedures.  For facilities with 300 to 999 animal units, the employee either must attend a workshop or pass the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Certified Livestock Manager exam.  Employees of facilities with 1,000 or more animal units must do both to achieve certification. 

Employees also have the option of taking five online quizzes.  Passing them is the equivalent of having attended a workshop, but does not substitute for passing the Certified Livestock Manager exam.

To register for a workshop, call the University of Illinois Extension at 1-800-345-6087.  The cost is $30.  If more than one employee from the same farm signs-up, each registration after the first will cost $20, a $10 discount. 

The workshops will use the instructional manual for the national Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship (LPES) Curriculum, which can be bought at the time of registration for $62.50, including shipping and handling.  The manual also is available on compact disc for $32.50.  There is no charge to take the online quizzes other than the cost of a manual.  To register for the online program option, contact Dale Baird by calling (815) 978-2844 or by e-mailing [email protected]                  


2011-2012 Certified Livestock Manager Training Workshops





Dec. 7

McLean County Farm Bureau Bldg.

402 N. Hershey Rd.

Bloomington, Ill.








These workshops will be held from 8:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Certified Livestock Manager exam will be given afterward.







Jan. 11

Dixon Springs Agriculture Center

Simpson, Ill.


Jan. 18

Sunrise Community Center

Jasper County Extension

1401 Clayton Ave.

Newton, Ill.


Jan. 19

St. Paul's United Church of Christ

330 N. Buhrman St.

Nashville, Ill.


Jan. 25

Knox County Extension

180 South Soangetaha Rd.

Suite 108

Galesburg, Ill.


Jan. 26

Adams County Extension

330 S. 36th Street

Quincy, Ill.


Feb. 20

DeKalb County Farm Bureau Bldg.

1350 W. Prairie Drive

Sycamore, Ill.


Feb. 21

Carroll County Farm Bureau Bldg.

Rt. 64-78

Mt. Carroll, Ill.


March 7

Illinois Dept. of Agriculture Bldg.

Auditorium, Illinois State Fairgrounds

Springfield, Ill.




Feb. 8

Clinton County Extension

1163 North 4th St.

Breese, Ill.



These workshops will be held from 9:50 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

The Certified Livestock Manager exam will be given afterward.


Feb. 9

Effingham County Extension

1209 Wenthe Dr.

Effingham, Ill.


Feb. 22

Stephenson County Farm Bureau Bldg.

210 W. Spring St.

Freeport, Ill.


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