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composting dead cows

Postby elwapo » Mon Mar 21, 2005 11:44 am

Just wondering what to do with the old cows that I have had killed and bse tested. I have heard that they can be composted by burying them in a manure pile. Has anyone had experience with this method?

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Postby Les » Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:55 pm

elwapo...I have done this before and it works great.

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Postby elwapo » Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:22 am

do you just put them in the middle of the manure pile and how much cover do you put over them? Do all the bones digest? How long does it take?

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Postby Turkey Track Bar » Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:24 am

El Wapo:

There has been a lot of success in both the dairy and hog industries in composting--I am trying to find a website that intails how to best do it and when I find it I'll post---

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Postby Turkey Track Bar » Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:27 am

El Wapo:

Check out this website from the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University...
the link to the composting of deceased cattle is near the bottom....

http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/content/environment.htm

I hope this helps---

Have a great day and cheers

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Thanks TTB

Postby elwapo » Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:39 am

Thanks for the link. That site answers many of the questions that I had. The only concern I have now is cleaning up the bones after I spread the compost in a year or two.

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Re: Thanks TTB

Postby Turkey Track Bar » Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:56 am

elwapo wrote:Thanks for the link. That site answers many of the questions that I had. The only concern I have now is cleaning up the bones after I spread the compost in a year or two.

Elwapo


Elwapo:

First, sorry I've been misspelling your alias---I grew up in a very hispanic area and if I see "el" I assume that there is a space and another word after it!

Second, my recollection of some work done at New Mexico State is that there were very few bones left after composting dead dairy cows, and those that were left were very small chips, not large bones.

Maybe someone else has some experience to answer one way or the other.

Glad this helped--

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Postby Chuckie » Tue Mar 22, 2005 8:53 pm

what a great idea. and an environmentally friendly solution, return to the earth...

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Postby Les » Wed Mar 23, 2005 12:10 am

elwapo i just put them on an old bedding area and covered them up with more of the bedding.Hardly any bones to speak of.

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Postby John in Ontario » Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:20 pm

Composting In a manure pile is not really the best method. Something about the carbon/nitrogen ratio. Sawdust or Cornsilage work much better. The Ontario Minstry Of Agricuture has done some work on this. Try this link
http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/english/liv ... 03-083.htm[url]

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I tried linking the url but don't know if it worked

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Postby Les » Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:24 pm

yes we need to do government studies first i forgot. for get the studies just bury em it works great.

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Postby Silver » Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:38 pm

Around these parts in less than 48 hrs you'd be hard pressed to find more than just the skull. I actually never would have thought of composting, but it sounds like a good idea.


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