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Re: [RC] Small acreage... manure management? - Truman Prevatt

I think the original poster was from Maine which might explain some things. In FL in the summer - even before the rains start - a pile is basically flat and "in shreds" in about a day. In about three it's gone. Once the rain starts it last longer than a day. In Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb you need to drag it but once is is dragged it decomposes quickly. Between the birds and insects - it doesn't last long around here.


Diane Trefethen wrote:
Hi Sharon,

For a while I was able to lease a summer pasture that was about 3 acres. It was mostly on a hillside (which is why the owner didn't allow horses on it in the rainy season). I had 2 horses there from about Apr-Oct for over 3 years running. I never hauled off anything. Horse apples dry out pretty quickly and then pulverize becoming part of the soil. I don't know the number of horses/acre that would result in so much feces that it needed to be hauled away. The horse pooples out in the field just disappear after a while.

BTW, if your horse(s) are neat and tidy and poop in just one place, you can collect it periodically and park it somewhere else to let it age. After about 8 months it is very good fertilizer. I am big on recycling, not because of the environment but because it saves me money.

The bottom line is that the stuff breaks down and if scattered, like being dropped all over the place, breaks down really fast. It won't build up but it will improve the soil. One horse on 7 acres for 3 seasons? Don't worry about it. :)


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[RC] Small acreage... manure management?, Sharon Levasseur
Re: [RC] Small acreage... manure management?, Diane Trefethen