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Storing Manure

You can manage your horse's manure in an environmentally friendly way, even on a small farm.

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Question:


I want to keep my four-acre horse farm as environmentally green as possible. How do I manage my horses' manure to leave the least impact on the environment?

Answer:


America's Horse Daily turned to Country Living Association for the answer.

To manage stockpiled manure on small farms, abide by good practice rules to keep nuisance and environmental issues to a minimum. Here are

a few good management tips:

  • Keep the manure as dry as possible.
  • Remove manure from the farm regularly during fly breeding season.
  • Try not to use insecticides or larvacides; naturally occurring fly predators - tiny, nonstinging wasps and parasites are actually beneficial to the pile.
  • When cleaning out the storage, leave a couple of inches of dry manure over the bottom of the storage area to provide a population of fly parasites and predators. Manure removal can be staggered to leave one section per week to supply fly predators and parasites.
  • Remove a winter's stockpile of manure during cold weather (less than 55 degrees Fahrenheit) before fly breeding season.

 

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