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    08-27-2008, 12:29 AM
Green Broke

Ok, where do you all get your shavings from?

Buy in bulk? Use the bagged shavings?

The economy stinks, as we all know...and our regular supplier is having a hard time keeping up with everyone - - any suggestions? (btw...we don't have any way to haul shavings in bulk, so they'd have to be delivered.)

For anyone close, we're in metro atlanta...
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    08-27-2008, 01:13 AM
Here's a green suggestion: use newspaper. Get a good shredder, find a supplier, and you can supplement your shavings with it.
    08-27-2008, 11:48 AM
Green Broke
Sara, what kind of shredder are we talking - one that I could purchase?
    08-27-2008, 12:03 PM
There are lots of different kinds to choose from, including some industrial models for high-volume stuff which are pretty expensive, but used for large numbers of livestock. My friend uses a high-quality office shredder that makes strips, which are easier to pick up with a manure fork. She has three horses who spend most of their time outside, so she doesn't make a lot, but it helps stretch her shavings. The local coffee shops and one of the grocery stores gives her their old newspapers.

I THINK you can also buy baled shredded paper...but I'm not sure about where or the cost of doing that.
    08-27-2008, 12:11 PM
Green Broke
We actually get our shavings from a cabinet making factory! I don't know if that would work on a smaller scale though. We pay for the cost of a giant dumpster that they keep there and when it's full they deliver it. It's SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper (shavings are free, just the cost of the dumpster) but it's a heck of a lot of shavings. We have about 60 horses on the property with most of them in stalls and they do a delivery about once a week. Almost all of it is pine, but you do have to make sure that they don't put in certain kind of wood though (like cedar). There have been a few times it's been a bit dusty but generally it's fantastic shavings.
    08-27-2008, 03:58 PM
Green Broke
Cabinet makers, eh? I'll have to check into that - thanks!!

Also will check into the baled shredded newspaper and a shredder...that might get a bit tough shredding that much...but definitely worth a shot!

Thanks Guys!!!
    08-27-2008, 05:14 PM
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...but isn't cherry poisinois? What if they use cherry?

I was getting mine from a local sawmill for $20 a truck load but some stupid women backed her car into the loader and sued... so the rest of us must suffer... Now I pay $5 a bag at tractor supply or booth feeds... sucks because I have 5 stalls I'm using.....
    08-27-2008, 07:36 PM
Green Broke
^^^ That's the position we're in...when I looked at how much I spent last year I was shocked - - over $250 (for 2 horses) in one month!!!

I can't do that again this year!!!

I've started to call folks that make pallets...i'll let you know what I hear from them - baled newspaper is .32 per pound...$320 for 1000 lbs (and I don't think 1000 lbs is really that much..) hmm. I asked the AJC what they do with their old newspapers...i'll let you know what they say too.

No cabinet makers that I can find here, unfortunately.

Thanks and Keep the ideas coming!!!
    08-27-2008, 09:20 PM
Green Broke
I get bags from TSC
    08-28-2008, 05:11 AM
We go to the local lumbar yard. We get a pickup truck full for $12. MUCH cheaper than the bags. You can do quite a few with that much.

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