Horse and cow manure ?


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Ok got a truckload for 5 dollars but read last night on the puter at several sights that you need to watch dogs and not llet them near it as there could be some bad stuff in it ,the names of bacterias would take to long to list on here .I happen to think after I got it to check online to make sure of any harm it could do to pets or plants .I have it piled at the back of my property to break down more .My father always used manure in his gardens but back then it was better stuff as that was 30 to 40 years ago and you did not see all this stuff on mad cow desease and other things .My dogs stay in the fenced in part of the back yard and I don't plan on using it there or near there .But when I take the dogs for a walk after this manure leaches into the soil will it cause any problems for them or to them .I have never use it before here and only plan on using it for a part of the yard that seems to not want to grow anything and for a manure tea for my plants
 
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If it makes you feel better one of my good friends has a few horse manure producers and his neighbor has cow manure producers
And his outside Dogs are still normal to me
 
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If I had known you wanted cow/horse manure, I would have given it to you for free. The only catch is that it would cost you a small fortune in gas to come get it lol.

I don't think you have to worry too much about the dogs, but I would think twice before getting puppy kisses.
 
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I used to have horses, our dogs just LOVED horse "apples", we now have cows and dogs, still no problems. I actually have never heard it is bad for them. I have used it in the gardens, worked great, except for the fact I had a TON of weeds from it, must have needed more composting.
 
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Well it is raining and guess some of the good stuff are getting washed into the ground .I was kind of concerned as the vet told me he does not really like having it around house pets because of the germs and bacteria it carries with it .But since my pets won't be walking through and dragging it in the house ,I guess it is safe .Thanks for all the input and hope it does not produce tons of weeds in my yard .I was worried since you never know what they are feeding or giving to animals any more
 
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That is a good point, I know my animals don't get all the garbage of commercial feed lots, so that might be a valid difference. Our world is getting scary, glad I can raise my own meat and produce for the most part.
 
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I've only used steer manure and heard that if you don't compost that horse manure good before you use it on your gardens weeds can come up like crazy so be careful sissy and maybe do a test and let some sit in a spot for awhile and see if it sprouts. I don't know how long seeds would be viable in it. I think some kinds of weed seeds can last for a long time. Anybody know?
 
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I have it at the back of my property near the woods but we had a lot of rainfall last night and just had a big storm come through again .I'm a vegetarian and try to raise some of my own but when the really hot part of summer gets here I don't get much .He did tell me it was aged manure and said how you tell is there is either no smell or almost no smell to it .I guess it ages like fine wine LOL:)
 
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Sissy you will have to keep us updated on if any weeds come up from it when you start using it. I wonder how long it takes to compost it and how do you compost it if say you should get a pile of it that's fresh? Do you just cover it w/ a tarp or? My friend up the road has horses and has offered me some but it's not composted.
 
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It is best if you can add green stuffs such as grass clipings, let it heat up good for several weeks, that should kill the seeds (I hope anyway!).
 
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you never want to cover compost on a hot day it can start a fire also .They have a powder to aid breakdown to compost and they sell it a tractor supply and southern states .The only way to aid in breakdown is to keep turning it over .I have been turning it over 3 or 4 times a day .Baking soda helps in the smell and some people down here tell me they aid in breakdown by using rid ex like you use for your septic tank
 
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Thanks for the info on composting it. Seems like a bit of work which I try to avoid as much as possible,lol!
 
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you can also use rid ex that you use for septic tanks .I had some and tried and the compost is really breaking down fast and looks like black dirt already .I turn it over 3 or 4 times a day .
 
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I went to there websight .I read it on the box i got so thought i would check it out ,nothing to loose since i already had it here
 
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It says it contains only natural ingredients and will not harm pipes or drains .It says you should not inhale ,well who would .It also says it can cause skin or eye irritation and even all natural ingredients like the lemon grass spray I use for ants says that .I have several lemon grass starter plants here ,found the seeds of all places the dollar store
 
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Horse manure consist of mostly undigested roughage. Cow Manure is digested through 3 stomachs and is a puree, Thus Cow Manure is several times richer in Nitrogen than Horse Manure.

I have used both in my garden. My personal experience is: Fresh Horse Manure can be placed right next to plants without harming them. Cow manure must be sparingly or you will kill your plants.
 
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So horse manure would be better .The one guy here has what he says is half and half ,I was thinking of getting some of it .5 dollars for a truckload
 
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If you want to use cow manure, then you should mix it well with organic matter (leave and straw are excellent) and then let it rot down for a couple of years before use. It will not be practical for most people, but if you have space then you get a very, very, rich fertilizer for pennies that has the right carbon-nitrogen balance (cow manure contains more urine than horse manure, hence the higher nitrogen content from the urea).

When you then mix with plant matter you put back the carbon, balancing out the manure. So, if you want a great use for autumn leaves, that's it.

If you are just preparing a plot and digging it in during the autumn ready for spring sowing then you can add cow manure and dig that in. It will rot down over the winter and the excess nitrogen will leach into the surrounding soil. By spring it will be perfect for planting.
 

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