Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Scoop on the Poop

When you have large animals you have manure; an endless supply of manure that needs to be dealt with. You shouldn’t just heap it up. You shouldn’t let it sit out in your field because animals will not eat around their own waste. It will also infect your field with parasites and files. You shouldn’t keep it with in 100 feet for a stream nor by a well.

The proper way to deal with manure is to compost it. Just heaping it doesn’t necessarily compost it. It needs to be heaped and covered so to control the moisture. It may need water if it is too dry. It should be turned on occasion.

Once the manure is composted it will have value to gardener. They will pay for nicely composted material. Sure you might be able to find a chump to take your raw manure, but a person will only fall for that once. Their gardens will grow grains and weeds quicker than what ever they planted.

For best results you may want to consider inviting your local land and water conservation person to pay you a visit. They will take your particular farm into consideration and will send you a design for a composting system that will best match your situation. And they do this at no charge. They may even be able to give you a grant for fencing sensitive areas.

Manures from rabbits and goats do not need to be composted. You can put them on the garden right away, but chicken, horse and cow manure need to decompose before using. The heat generated while composting will break down any viable seeds that may have made it through the digestion process.

When done properly, the manure you collect may add income and help with your over-all animal cost. When you are paying $14.50 for a bale of hay and you see it reduced in to a pile of crap, you will welcome the chance to make some sort of money from it or at least have a good will product for your neighbors.


Anonymous Auntie L said...

Nice article on poop, Guy. However, I find myself with piles of different kinds of 'crap' lately that I wish I could compost and use for only 'good purposes.'

Got any ideas for that?

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a bunch of sh*t.


7:01 AM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

I'm going to buy a manure spreader.
A nice, newer one.
Not that I'm into taking $#!T off of my neighbors...
But many of them need to relieve themselves of a growing problem.

8:50 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Gearhead, good way to make some extra cash and green uo that crop of timothy.

Love Anon, just wait, you'll see. Your husband and I will both be laughing at you...I mean with you.

L I'm not a good one to advise people on stuff other than real shit. Remember, I'm just a dopey blogger.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous auntie l said...

Dopey blogger my ass!

You DO know what to do with shit. You just whittled up a whole article on it now didn't you? What did you think I was talking about?

8:45 PM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

You would think that with as much as it costs to feed my kids that I could sell their shit for cash. But NOOOO!

1:41 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Mo3, you'd think shit would be shit, but it isn't. In this world there are degrees of useful shit.

L, No shit! ; )

6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a big pile of shit in my front yard. Most of it was deep-litter bedding from the henhouse, which--with careful monitoring and ventilation--provided warmth as it mouldered in their digs. The rest were from layers of shavings and straw and poop from the run.

The couple from down the street--the one with matching Denalis--were horrified when their toddler got loose and was soon found, in the company of my five chickies, sorting through the steamy pile for goodies.

Poop is awesome.

9:22 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Agreed, poop is very awesome.

9:28 AM  

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