Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

First Advisor

Joseph Darrington


livestock, management, odor


Odor from livestock operations is often a nuisance to the neighborhood stakeholders and is one of the major environmental and societal issues associated with livestock industries. An odor management plan is not a requirement during the state permitting process of any livestock operation in South Dakota, but may be required to varying degrees for county level approval. Some neighboring states have developed odor management planning guides or templates which help address odor issues. Adoption of an odor management plan in SD can help address concerns of odor for the continuously expanding livestock industry in this state. Hence, an odor management plan template has been developed in this study to help proactively minimize odor conflicts among livestock operations and neighborhood communities. This template was guided by the existing guides or tools from other states, along with the engagement of different interest groups in SD. Some case studies were analyzed to relate hydrogen sulfide gas with odor annoyances, which could play a role in assessing odor annoyances and in odor management. Our template includes scientific tools to assess odor impacts of an operation. However, voluntary adoption of this OMP template will give producers from SD and surrounding regions an advantage of explaining their positive attitude of reducing odors generated by their operation towards the community.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Livestock -- Odor -- Environmental aspects -- South Dakota.
Feedlots -- Environmental aspects -- South Dakota.
Livestock -- Manure -- Environmental aspects -- South Dakota.
Livestock -- Manure -- Handling -- South Dakota.
Animal waste.
Odor control.


Includes bibliographical references



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University



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In Copyright