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    01-29-2008, 07:04 AM
  #1
Showing
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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.
     
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    01-29-2008, 08:46 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Maybe adding it to the manure pile would be a good idea but ur horses would probably eat it... im not sure tho .. sorry im not much help

Where did you buy ur manure spreader?? My friends mom is looking at places to buy one.
     
    01-29-2008, 09:02 AM
  #3
Showing
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.
     
    01-29-2008, 09:09 AM
  #4
Showing
Mine is lke the one in the picture although they have other models listed here http://www.deere.com/en_US/ProductCa...eaders_Less175
     
    01-29-2008, 09:08 PM
  #5
Foal
We just put it our poop pile and spread it on the hay fields but our horses wouldn't eat the old hay anyways they are very picky eaters!
     
    01-29-2008, 10:42 PM
  #6
Foal
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.
     
    01-29-2008, 10:44 PM
  #7
Foal
Oh yeah, I have a dumpster I also rent and have dumped every month and I throw my waste in there. Probably not the answer looking for.
     
    01-30-2008, 06:22 AM
  #8
Showing
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.
     

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