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Re: [RC] Small acreage... manure management? - Karen Everhart


If you have 7 acres, and only one horse, then why not buy a very small spreader and use that wonderful "black gold" as fertilizer? You do not need to compost first but you certainly can if you don't want "lumps" on your lawn between rains. You will be surprised how nicely it will spread and what it can do to your lawn. If not that, then mulch around your trees in the woods with it.

Also, you don't need large equipment to turn composting manure in the volume that one horse will produce. Just 3-4 small wooden box type structures about 5'x5' each, built side by side. Put fresh manure in one, move it to the next box after a few weeks. Let it cook there for weeks to months. Move that one to the final bins when you are ready, and let it stay there until you spread. Again, the manure spreader will assist with the spreading. For successful composting, remember that keeping everything wet and covered will process the material quicker.

Karen Everhart MEd. President- Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue and Retirement, Inc. email: President@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx www.rainbowmeadowsranch.com

Owner/Operator Horse Calls LLC
Training, Centered Riding Lessons
CTR and Endurance Conditioning and Training
email: HorseCalls@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


----- Original Message ----- From: "Sharon Levasseur" <sharon1359@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "ridecamp" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, July 03, 2006 9:13 AM
Subject: [RC] Small acreage... manure management?

I cannot figure out what we're going to do with the manure!


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[RC] Small acreage... manure management?, Sharon Levasseur