Using a compact manure spreader can solve the biggest problem found on many small horse farms today: disposing of waste. Mucking out stalls is a simple fact of life for any horse owner or stable master, but an average size animal can produce 50 lbs or more of waste every day. And this creates a giant headache, especially in these environmentally cautious times. This article will explain how using a compact manure spreader can help reduce or even eliminate this costly problem.
The Mounting Problem of Horse Manure
Manure disposal has become one of the more difficult problems for small horse farms. In a year’s time a single horse can create some 14 tons of waste in the form of manure and soiled bedding materials.
Once the stall is clean, there is always the question of where to put it. Often owners would just set it aside behind the barn or stables and pay someone to haul it away. But this can cost a bunch of money over time and drive up operating expensive. Plus hauling services can be very unreliable.
You can of course set up series compost bins, but these too can be very costly to build, time consuming and labor intensive when it comes turning over the compost either by hand (which you are trying to stay away from) or by using a backhoe. Or you can do things the old fashioned way and just pile the unsightly and smelly mess “out back” or “hidden” away on the most remote part of your property.
Manure Spreaders Work
There are several types of compact fertilizer spreaders available. For small jobs there are several models of pull-behind wagons,rotary bins or a small manure spreader. The wagons are similar in many regards to the larger commercial spreaders.
A towed compact spreader has a wooden or metal sided hopper mounted on a 2 or 4 wheeled axle. The manure and bedding is shoveled from a stall or the compost pile into the hopper. Most of these compact manure spreaders are ground-driven which mean that the motion of the wheels turns the manure spreader parts of a shredder/flinger mechanism which tears up and distributes the materials.
Another type model of compact manure spreader is the rotary drum. This is basically a giant hollow drum manure spreader made from steel mesh. The mesh drum is hung between two forks and pulled or pushed (smaller sized models).
The action of the manure rolling and bouncing inside the diamond mesh breaks up materials into smaller and smaller chunks until they can fall through the mesh onto the ground. This basically allows the weight and volume of the manure to work with you as instead of against you.
In a matter of just a few hundred feet, the crumbled manure dropping towed models like the compact John Deere spreader is emptied. And these compact fertilizer spreaders allow organic matter to decompose quickly without a lot of mess or lingering methane odors.
Some advantages of using compact manure spreaders are their small sizes. Most units are small enough that you can easily maneuver them in and out of stall doorways. This allows you to muck out stalls directly into the spreader without the mess and hassle of using a separate wheelbarrow.
So now that you understand a bit more about compact manure spreaders, you can do some research on your own to select the right type and capacity for your horse operation.