Anyone that has animals knows that manure happens. Many 4-H projects fall into the animal category and create their fair share of manure. It is important to make sure to include a manure management system into any animal project. The system may be as simple as spreading out the manure or creating a compost system.
Do you have an animal?
Do you have a manure management system?
The following chart shows approximately how much manure is created by each species in a six month time frame:
Table 1. How much manure do we get?
Animal Cubic yards/6 months
Cow (1,000 lb) 7
Data: OSU Extension publication EM 8649
Now, what do we do with it? This Living on The Land Managing Manure article shares a variety of different ways to handle manure responsibly.
- Drag Pastures
- Collect from all season pens
- Use it
- Give it away or sell it
- Store it
Check out the article or the audio files and share with your 4-H club! Chances are not everyone has thought about the manure management side of an animal project.