Managing Manure in the Pasture

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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8 Responses

  1. Carol says:

    When we first moved to our small acreage 2 years ago I was really mad that my husband wanted me to clean up the pastures every day. But, I have to agree with you. We almost never have flies, the horses are healthier and they are able to graze almost the whole pasture. It takes me about 30 minutes in the morning and I get a lot of exercise and the chance to be outside when the birds are singing and it’s not too hot. Sometimes I still grumble, but overall it’s a lot nicer than looking out our house windows to piles of poop!

    • Casie says:

      🙂 I don’t mind it at all when the weather’s decent. Winter time isn’t always so fun though. . . Thanks for sharing, Carol.

  2. Sarah says:

    Beyond all the benefits stated, you could start your own fertilizer company and sell the composted manure too!!!

  3. Jane Bellerby says:

    Hi Casie, I’m not sure what country you and your horses live in but here in Aotearoa New Zealand it is commonly accepted that cross grazing with sheep, cattle or goats will help minimise worms in the pasture. I try to rest grazing areas for at least one month and preferably two or three in my rotation. Our horses live on a track system which opens up into paddock areas and their grazing is controlled depending on the season. I don’t pick up the poop except around the shed area and in some of the places where they choose to hang out and rest. It goes into piles for our vegetable and flower gardens and orchard trees. The poop in the paddocks I sometimes kick around and I play with the idea of hooking harrows on behind either the car or tractor to spread it before resting the grass and letting in the cattle. We graze 6 cattle beasts and 7 horses on about 20 acres and cut silage and hay for the winter as well. We do have to buy in extra hay as we like to feed heaps year round. Our climate is wet and the grass can be too soft and sappy at any time of the year. Fertiliser applied is lime every three or four years and fish fertiliser and very occasionally a bit of bagged fertiliser. It’s always a balancing act isn’t it? You might like the book Real Life with Horses by Rita Virtama which has lots of interesting ‘stuff’ about horse management. http://www.reallifewithhorses.co.nz Happy riding and poop picking – they poop 8 to 12 times every 24 hours! 🙂

    • Casie says:

      Hi Jane–I’m in the U.S. (Oklahoma) and I have heard of cross-grazing to help with parasites. We just have horses (and chickens) at my place though. But I’ve considered getting a llama just because I like them! (not sure if that would help with parasites. . .) It sounds like you’ve got a pretty good system in place. I love the track concept–it just didn’t work out for my horses as I’d hoped. That’s what got me started with poo picking though (as I think I stated in the post above). Thanks for the book recommendation too–I’ll check it out!

  4. Jane Bellerby says:

    Sorry, forgot to add my name. 🙂 Jane

  5. I have designed and built the Nifty Picker. Just getting ready for official launch but I’d love to show you our video on Youtube. It works a treat for clean the land and lift the poo so easily. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeTLqQ6OkIY Drop me message for more info. Hopefully we will have a US manufacturer very soon so will start selling in North America. Phil

    • Maralee Foster says:

      I watched some of your videos on You Tube and was very impressed. I’m excited for your Nifty Picker to come to the US

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