"Grant, Don" wrote:
We are looking for ideas and or solutions on what to do with horse manure for an urban client. We are also keen to learn about what not to do ~ lessons learned from past experiences.
Quantity is estimated at about 1 tonne per day and about 3 cubic metres per day. >
Thanks in advance,
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"Grant, Don" wrote:
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1 tonne a day !! Sell it as fast as you can !! ..by any means.. bring a truck, trailer, wheelbarrow, bags, anything that will contain it .. (be careful because hessian bags will rot after a while, leaving a pile of s... and no handles). Horse poo is absolutely terrific for roses but will also promote vigorous growth in many fruit and veg plants. Sorry I can't point to specific sales outlets but that's a marvellous product to be able to offer gardeners.
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In the Twin Cities, we've got a test pilot Source Separated Organics (kitchen waste) program, where the waste goes to a facility, is put in plastic tubed windrows and aerated & turns into compost. This stuff is then used by landscaping firms and in road construction for the verges. I know that in home compost, a mix of 'green and brown' waste helps kick off the heating process that kills pathogens. I'm wondering if an industrial composting facility like that could use a ready source of 'green.' --
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Two good resources for this type of information are Comprehensive Nutrient management plan at http://www.cnmpwatch.com/ and the Rhode Island folks at Healthy Landscapes http://www.uri.edu/ce/healthylandscapes/
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The main issue that we have come across involves contamination. From commercial stables we get loads which have lots of syringes, plastic tubing, infusion bags etc. Commercial composters are not willing to accept this material and I would suggest that it wouldn't be acceptable to a home gardener. We have tried to educate the stable owners/managers but this is an ongoing problem. It has also been suggested that this material is not suitable for home gardeners due to the high level of pharmaceuticals in the faeces, in particular antibiotics. This is less of an issue for commercial composters as it is only a very small proportion of the total volume of composted material.
If it's Ottawa, and it's horse manure, I suspect you're either dealing with RCMP musical ride byproduct, or Experimental Farm byproduct. In either case, it should bring a premium price if you can bag and sell it with its own 'private label'. Imagine being able to say that 'these roses were grown with the help of the RCMP'. Problem is, I imagine some of the local marijuana growers might buy a bag or two as well, just for the irony. :-)
Alayne Blicke's Horses for Clean Water program will answer a lot of questions. In the NW, many conservation districts run manure exchanges or other similar programs.
In Pennsylvania, they have a 'marketplace for manure'. Visit www.manuretrader.org to see the 'wanted' ads.
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