Horse Manure Management the Subject of Michigan State Program

Horse owners who keep their animals in suburban settings might find challenges in handling manure to avoid issues with odor or flies that can strain neighborly relationships. To help them learn strategies for managing and composting manure, a Michigan State University (MSU) Extension program is scheduled for two western Michigan locations in August.

The Equine Manure Management and Compost Production workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will take place Aug. 8 at the MSU Bioeconomy Institute in Holland and Aug. 29 at the Kent County Extension office in Grand Rapids.

The program is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of equine manure management, the use of composting as a manure management practice, and equine carcass disposal options.

Participants will see a demonstration of the manure management tools on the Equine Manure Management Planning CD and will learn to use the Spartan Composting Optimizer spreadsheet.

Presenter Charles Gould is an MSU Extension educator based in Ottawa County. He will answer questions and explain Michigan Right-to-Farm Act guidelines related to equines. He'll also discuss the components of manure management systems, including manure collection, transfer, storage, treatment, and use.

Participants will come away with an understanding of how to develop a farm-specific manure management plan.

The program has been approved as a Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program Phase I event.

The registration fee is $35 for the first person from each farm and $10 for each additional registrant from the same farm. The registration fee includes lunch, handouts, and one CD and spreadsheet per farm. The registration deadline is July 31.

To register or receive more information, call the Ottawa County MSU Extension office at 616/846-8250. Information is also available at

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