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Re: [RC] Small acreage... manure management? - Sisu West Ranch

"...The bottom line is that the stuff breaks down and if scattered, like being
dropped all over the place, breaks down really fast..."

That partly depends on the amount of rain etc. Here in MT we have found it desirable to drag with a harrow the pasture in the spring to break up and scatter the big piles. That prevents some bare spots.

Spreaders are available that work fine. It is considered better for parasite control to compost the manure before spreading. We never seem to have enough for the gardens anyway, so it all goes onto the veg and flowers. Some years, like this year, we run short of composted and use fresh. The corn and tomatoes even get fresh chicken manure (lots of nitrogen). Composting does kill some weed seeds. We feed certified week free hay, so most of our weeds are the kind that come in with the wind and the irrigation water. Now if I could just get everyone upstream to control their weeds, my life would be easier.

Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875

(406) 642-9640



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