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Re: Horse Manure and Wood Shavings

Kirsten, John

I, too, thought 50 lb/day was high  - but then I have teenagers who do the

In any case, 50 lb/day or 8 ton/year/horse seems like a good number - or 5
pounds o' poop/hundred body weight for a working horse.

I mentioned the issue at home, and was given three articles from the  8/00,
01/01, and 02/01 issues of "John Lyons' Perfect Horse"periodical - these have
tips for the horseowner who owns significantly less than 5000 horses in one
spot.  The January article is probably the best for your interest.

I also did a quick search at the "Manure Matters" website - run out of UNL here
in our region - they have an article that promises to be of help
http://ianrsearch.unl.edu/manure/v1n10_95.htm   That article suggests you

Rick Koelsch
218 LW Chase Hall
University of NE
Lincoln, NE 68583
(402) 472-4051

He's also a good source for the other issue:  watershed protection

let us know if you need more


Director, P2RIC

"Kirsten Sinclair Rosselot" <rosselot@ix.netcom.com> on 01/29/2001 04:39:41 PM

Please respond to "Kirsten Sinclair Rosselot" <rosselot@ix.netcom.com>
  To:          "Marchetti, John" <John.Marchetti@ns.doe.gov>, 
  cc:          (bcc: Rick Yoder/CBA/UNO/UNEBR)                
  Subject      Re: Horse Manure and Wood Shavings             

Can't be 50 pounds per horse a day...  I've cleaned lots of stalls in my day
and things just aren't as bad as all that.

Horse manure has to be composted before it can be used as fertilizer (horses
are inefficient and don't use their food very much on the way through, plus
the manure is a little salty).  I hear worms can speed up the time it takes
to turn the manure into great fertilizer.


Kirsten Sinclair Rosselot, P.E.
Process Profiles
P.O. Box 8264
Calabasas, CA 91372-8264


(818) 878-0454

----- Original Message -----
From: Marchetti, John <John.Marchetti@ns.doe.gov>
To: <p2tech@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2001 9:34 AM
Subject: FW: Horse Manure and Wood Shavings

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Beth McPherson [mailto:mcpherso@usit.net]
> Sent: Monday, January 22, 2001 12:09 PM
> To: Marchetti, John
> Cc: oliverjac@aol.com
> Subject: Horse Manure and Wood Shavings
> A new equestrian center in the early stages of development is
> looking at alternative waste management schemes for horse
> manure and the shavings into which it falls.  The estimated volume
> of this waste stream will be as high as 50 pounds per horse per
> day for as many as 5000 horses a day - not a constant or
> consistent but a predictable volume on a monthly basis.  Does
> anyone know the best way to handle such a valuable resource?
> The developer has been told it is going to cost him to get someone
> to take it.  Looks like a business opportunity to me!!  Any
> suggestions or resource references are appreciated.