How to Recycle Horse Manure and Use It as a Fertilizer?
An average-sized horse produces nearly 40 pounds of manure every day. In terms of fertilizers, you get 40 pounds of gold dust regularly. Of course, only if you recycle the manure and convert it into a fertilizer. With more than 7 tons of horse manure per year, you can start an organic fertilizer business soon. But how will you do it? Here’s how you should recycle horse manure and make fertilizer out of it.
Making a compost pile
With heaps of organic material in your backyard, starting a compost pile is the easiest and most sensible thing to do. A compost pile will decompose horse manure rapidly and that too in bulk quantities. You can add vegetable skin, garden clippings, and dried leaves and twigs into the mix.
A compost pile creates a combination of chemicals, heat, and beneficial bacteria that increases the speed at which the manure decays. The end result will provide nutrient-rich topsoil that you can use as an organic fertilizer in your garden or even sell it to people who produce fruits and vegetables in their greenhouses. It is the key processes for making your horse manure materials into available fertilizers.
Building a composter
• Try creating an 8 foot by 8 foot space with a cement pad. Surround the area by three 5-foot walls to accommodate your horse’s manure. Make sure you create concrete walls. This will fasten the composting process. Containment of manure breaks it down quickly. For a free-standing compost pile, try to cover it with a black plastic. This will amplify the sun’s heat and offer adequate temperature for the manure to decompose.
• Fill up the area with horse manure. Put one layer first. Then spray water on it. Don’t put too much water; just sprinkle enough to keep the compost pile moist. Spread another layer on top and water it again. Cover the pile with a plastic or jute tarp to protect it from direct sunlight or rain.
• Also, aerate the pile every day. Stir the pile from below. Try to mix the pile over and over so that all the areas get enough air. It will rapidly decompose the manure and accelerate the decaying process. The more you twist and turn the manure, the more air it gets. And don’t forget to water the manure every day. Consider it as growing a plant. Watering the manure and airing it increases the bacterial content that enhances the decaying of the manure.
It takes a few weeks for the manure to decay completely. Once it starts decaying, you will notice that its quantity starts reducing. That means 40 pounds of manure will become 20 pounds of fertilizer. And that is enough to keep your garden healthy for months.
Most people who have horses in their stables sell their manure to local farmers. Since you don’t require any chemicals, the crops that grow are free from artificial fertilizers.
The only challenge in composting horse manure is maintaining the moisture levels and aeration. You need to check the moisture levels regularly to ensure that the manure is decomposing quickly. With a horse manure organic compost turning equipment, you can get the high quality organic compost efficiently.