Manure Composting Workshop Offered in Northern Illinois

Horse and small livestock owners are invited to attend a workshop on best management practices for dealing with manure sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension and the Hooved Animal Humane Society. The workshop will take place Monday, Oct. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. CDT at the Hooved Animal Humane Society in Woodstock.

The workshop will share information on best management practices regarding neighbor-friendly manure storage, understanding the science behind composting manure, simple composting techniques and Illinois rules and regulations on manure storage and composting.

"We want to help horse and small livestock owners understand best management practices available to them and offer some ideas for other things they can do with manure beyond putting it on a field or in a dumpster," said Ellen Phillips, U of I Extension educator. "Composting decreases the seed and parasite content of manure. In addition, it significantly reduces the volume of manure. Compost is an excellent soil amendment that can be used on pastures or sold."

Instructors include Phillips and Randy Fonner, U of I Extension certified livestock manager training coordinator.

The cost is $25 per person in advance or $35 per person for late registration and walk-ins. Children under 18 years of age are $5. Registration should be postmarked no later than Sept. 27.

To register, go to For a brochure or more information, contact Ellen Phillips at or 708/352-0109, or Randy Fonner at or 217/333-2611.

A second workshop will be held in the morning of Oct. 4. The "Utilizing Compost Workshop" focuses on large-scale composting. Participants will learn about manure sources, facilities needed to compost, the requirements for a composting facility, the 2009 changes to Illinois' composting regulations, and marketing strategies for selling compost. More information and a brochure can be found at under "Featured Items."

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