November 7, 2016
Hydrogen Sulfide Safety for Deep Pitted Cattle Barns
Hydrogen sulfide can spike quickly and without warning during pit pumping. As producers, it’s important that you keep in mind best practices for agitation and ventilation. During agitation, deadly gasses are possible. People should never enter a building or facility while agitation is occurring. Consider using yellow caution tape to mark barn entrances and alter everyone that manure agitation and pumping is occurring. If possible, remove animals before pumping. For barns with multiple pits move cattle out of the room with the pit being agitated to reduce risk.
Iowa State University Extension provided these tips to help educate producers on hydrogen sulfide safety. This is a very serious matter and something that all producers need to fully consider before they begin pit agitation.