What do you do with the yucky hay left on the ground under round bales or feeders? I have burned it but that takes forever it seems. I have been scraping it into a pile with the tractor so the horses aren't constantly standing in it. (I use big round bales) I scrape off the old stuff and set in the new bale every time. The pile is pretty big (like my manure pile :) ) Should I just add it to the manure pile? I've already added some but then I started thinking maybe that's not good. I have a manure spreader and plan to put the poop on my pasture this spring.
Sorry editing: I used to just burn it under the pile of limbs I usually have from tree trimming. But now I have a manure spreader so wondered if it should be added to the poop.
I bought a small John Deere/Frontier spreader. I don't remember how many bushels it holds. Its bigger than those little Newerspreaders. I looked at those and they were just too small and the manure had to be clear of rocks and stuff or they jammed. I really like my John Deere I can pull it with my 4 wheeler or tractor because it is ground driven. I looked forever for one at auctions but they were always way too big so finally broke down and bought one new.
Hi, I read some place that if you mix a little hay with manure it will help it compost faster I was trying to read up on speading manure on pastures, maybe you guys know if I spead it on the pasture how long should I keep my horses off of it ? I only have two pastures each is about 3/4 acre.
I plan on starting to spread next month and will continue until I put the girls over in around May or June. I don't think you have to keep them out for any amount of time. I only have about 7 acres of pasture but they are over there all summer so poop does build up but I don't pick it up, just run a harrow to break it up and keep the flys down. Our soil is always nitrogen poor so I figure the more manure I can put down the better. Plus I put down regular fertilizer a month or so before I turn them out.