Spreadin' the Love

What do you do with the manure in your pastures/paddocks?

Remove it
Harrow/spread it
Leave it
Other (please explain)

Total votes cast: 831

Comments & Write-in Answers

combo scopping for compost and harrowing

5/24/2010 9:27:17 PM

It is the neighborly thing to do!

5/24/2010 5:51:52 PM

spread it and use it for land fill in low spots

5/24/2010 2:31:41 PM

soil is poor needs fertliaer for better pasture.

5/24/2010 2:12:34 PM

compost and sell to local nursery

5/24/2010 12:26:56 PM

In our big pastures we spread, in our dry lots adjacent to the barn we remove.

5/24/2010 7:27:05 AM

Put it in a pile and compost it.

5/24/2010 5:32:43 AM

remove it then harrow in once a year

5/24/2010 2:25:57 AM

Compost and mulch gardens with it.

5/23/2010 11:48:32 PM

Run the bush hog over it to break it up and spread it

5/22/2010 2:24:48 PM

I'm anxious to know--what's the "right" thing to do?

5/22/2010 11:23:00 AM

The paddocks are cleaned daily and the pastures are harrowed several times a year.

5/22/2010 10:27:13 AM

dry lot-remove,spread-pastures,harrow

5/22/2010 9:18:46 AM

compost it for gardens

5/22/2010 12:18:53 AM

i also remove it from the sacrifice area.

5/21/2010 6:23:14 PM

Pastur is a tottally different management problem than a paddock ! ! !

5/21/2010 6:16:38 PM

Remove it daily.compost it then sell it!

5/21/2010 5:49:24 PM

Don't worm with Ivermectin in Spring so dung beetles don't die from it

5/21/2010 4:18:18 PM

compost & spread when 2 years old

5/21/2010 12:40:28 PM

Chickens scratch through the manure and spread it.

5/21/2010 9:13:31 AM

I collect it, compost it, then spread it

5/21/2010 8:12:39 AM

Remove it in smaller paddocks but leave it in larger fields.

5/20/2010 9:04:18 PM

We remove manure from paddocks and harrow the pastures

5/20/2010 6:21:41 PM

goes to the garden

5/20/2010 4:10:51 PM

I have two horses and we pile it and compost it and use it on our garden (vegetable).

5/20/2010 3:47:19 PM

One 2-yard dumpster holds 1 wk for 5 horses, picked up weekly (it is also covered)

5/20/2010 2:29:14 PM

Pile it to compost, then spread it, or pack it in empty feed bags and give it to my favorite gardens

5/20/2010 1:50:57 PM

Remove some, then compost, remainder is harrowed to break it up.

5/20/2010 1:36:44 PM


5/20/2010 12:36:54 PM

with a vacuum !

5/20/2010 7:56:17 AM

rotate with cattle pasturing

5/20/2010 7:12:32 AM


5/20/2010 5:10:08 AM

Put in dump trailer and take to local dump

5/20/2010 12:41:06 AM

Use in my own gardens, and give away to friends.

5/19/2010 11:02:33 PM

moved to a compost pile

5/19/2010 10:17:56 PM

compost it

5/19/2010 10:05:57 PM

compost it and then use in gardens

5/19/2010 9:40:39 PM

spread it out :)

5/19/2010 9:21:12 PM

Compost it for at least 4 months, then spread it in areas with poor soil.

5/19/2010 6:42:56 PM

collect and spread on the hay fields

5/19/2010 6:32:21 PM

An organic farmer found me and says my horses produce the best manure in the county!

5/19/2010 5:18:20 PM

give it to neighbors for mulch/fertilizer

5/19/2010 4:19:10 PM


5/19/2010 4:11:55 PM

give it away for fertilizer in a garden

5/19/2010 3:48:24 PM

I give it away free to people for their gardens. They come and load it by hand on the trailers.

5/19/2010 3:45:49 PM

spread after composting

5/19/2010 3:23:49 PM

we spread or move it to build up new ground

5/19/2010 2:49:10 PM

compost it

5/19/2010 2:13:28 PM

It is removed daily and composted under plastic tarps prior to using in gardens and spread on pastur

5/19/2010 12:27:20 PM

Remove it, mow it with riding lawn mower, let it dry, pile it , use it around my trees as mulch

5/19/2010 12:13:54 PM

compost it

5/19/2010 12:11:49 PM

Compost Pile

5/19/2010 11:42:33 AM

Remove some to compost, harrow some in mid-summer, late fall.

5/19/2010 11:38:00 AM

And what a nightmare it is finding someone to come get it!!

5/19/2010 11:16:24 AM

remove it, compost it, give it to gardeners

5/19/2010 10:59:50 AM

in pastures it is spread as fertilizer in paddock it is removed and composted for garden and flower

5/19/2010 10:47:08 AM

Pitch fork and a wheelbarrow.

5/19/2010 10:32:12 AM

We compost it and use it as a fertilizer

5/19/2010 10:07:25 AM


5/19/2010 10:02:30 AM

dump it in eroded areas

5/19/2010 9:59:09 AM

Once temps over 90 degrees to kill eggs we harrow to break up the "roughs"

5/19/2010 9:45:56 AM

I compost it and spread the compost on my garden.

5/19/2010 9:35:10 AM

Remove, compost, then use it, have no trouble in making it available to others

5/19/2010 9:32:18 AM

Used to harrow it, no time so I just have to rely on the dung beetles.

5/19/2010 9:17:59 AM

compost it

5/19/2010 8:37:35 AM

Barn cleanings are composted 1 year and spread

5/19/2010 8:37:15 AM

My neighbor actually WANTS it ;)

5/19/2010 7:24:24 AM

Some is spread with the mower, otherwise we leave it.

5/19/2010 7:23:49 AM

compost it

5/19/2010 7:08:21 AM

harrow bigger paddocks but collect & sell from smaller yards

5/19/2010 6:48:09 AM

Keeps our garden well supplied

5/19/2010 5:06:30 AM

It is spread around the cornfields.

5/19/2010 1:50:03 AM

I bought an aerated compost system from O2Compost in WA to kill weed seeds and parasites.

5/19/2010 12:18:54 AM

Harrow it. Luckily my boys are tidy & make their own piles. =)

5/19/2010 12:03:24 AM

I pick up daily, one wheelbarrow load/day for 3 horses, not really that much work.

5/18/2010 11:48:36 PM

Spread w/Newer Spreader. Love it!

5/18/2010 10:58:17 PM

In pastures we leave it, in paddocks we harrow it.

5/18/2010 10:50:09 PM

compost it and use in gardens

5/18/2010 10:48:23 PM

Use some in gardens and give the rest away to people who come pick it up for their gardens.

5/18/2010 10:46:24 PM

The acreage is large so we don't drag the fields; very hot summers here

5/18/2010 10:23:03 PM

Compost and use for garden, even composted a horse last year.

5/18/2010 10:13:36 PM

pick it up, compost it, no problem giving it away by the pick up truck load

5/18/2010 10:04:51 PM

Compost it for use in the garden

5/18/2010 9:48:52 PM

We spread the manure on the trails on our small ranch.

5/18/2010 9:39:53 PM

We have a farmer who comes to take it for free He spreads it on his fields.

5/18/2010 9:38:34 PM

Compost it and then spread it

5/18/2010 9:04:44 PM

we let it compost and sellit as topsoil

5/18/2010 8:53:38 PM

pile and compost

5/18/2010 8:49:51 PM

pasture poop we compost for garden, stall waste we dump

5/18/2010 8:49:22 PM

give it to a tree farm

5/18/2010 8:48:15 PM

All stable and pasture manure is collected and used by an organic coffee plantation

5/18/2010 8:37:54 PM

Iuse all picked up manure & put it into sand holes horses have dug grass grows over end of holes.

5/18/2010 8:33:24 PM

I have compost bins, use the composted manure to fertilize pastures.

5/18/2010 8:13:23 PM

Remove it first, let it compost down then spread

5/18/2010 8:09:02 PM


5/18/2010 7:57:43 PM

clean out stalls and spread in ruts out in the yard

5/18/2010 7:55:52 PM

All winter its put in the area that becomes the summer vegetable garden. Also, landscape plants

5/18/2010 7:43:19 PM

use as fertalizer

5/18/2010 7:25:57 PM

the owner of my barn is a complete slob

5/18/2010 7:20:13 PM

I spread it in the manure field (half acre) and then mow it. The horses love to sleep in it.

5/18/2010 7:19:40 PM

compost and use in garden

5/18/2010 7:19:40 PM

Grass grows over it later!

5/18/2010 7:17:03 PM

it is composted and the public picks it up

5/18/2010 7:13:47 PM

this routine promotes the healthy breakdown of the manure by dung beatles and earthworms feeding soi

5/18/2010 7:09:35 PM

piled to create heat & kill bugs then spread and drag in spring before irrigation begins

5/18/2010 6:49:24 PM

Remove it from paddocks daily; harrow it in the pastures twice a year.

5/18/2010 6:48:14 PM

Remove it from pens and stalls to compost heap

5/18/2010 6:46:08 PM

Compost it

5/18/2010 6:43:14 PM

I have far more pasture than I need so I don't worry about the manure

5/18/2010 6:31:41 PM


5/18/2010 6:27:04 PM

once it's cooked we use it in the yard - fill holes, garden, flowers...

5/18/2010 6:22:58 PM

Organic 100% Natural fertilizer the best!

5/18/2010 6:22:33 PM

Remove it to dumpster twice daily and Waste Management hauls away for a fee.

5/18/2010 6:19:49 PM

remove paddocks, leave in pasture

5/18/2010 6:11:27 PM

We compost it grass clippings and then spread it.

5/18/2010 5:56:13 PM

i dump it over 400 feet away from my property and my farmer neighbor uses it in his soybean field.

5/18/2010 5:54:11 PM

spread where horses do not graze

5/18/2010 5:38:28 PM

Usually don't have high volume, but do heap it into piles, let it heat, then spread after about 1 wk

5/18/2010 5:37:36 PM

picked up in some, harrowed in others and cross grazed with sheep &cattle

5/18/2010 5:35:45 PM

The nice people at Waste Management haul it off every week for me.

5/18/2010 5:35:08 PM

leave it in large pastures, but harrow if too concentrated. remove it from paddocks and smaller lots

5/18/2010 5:33:03 PM

Leave it in pastures, remove it from paddock and composst for a year then spread on trees, shrubs,ga

5/18/2010 5:32:49 PM

We have a farmer that comes to pick it up and he uses it to compose commercially.

5/18/2010 5:32:06 PM

4 horses. Corrals, stalls cleaned daily. A year's worth goes in 2 garden plots.

5/18/2010 5:27:51 PM

Our pastures are large enough to handle it and the horses tend to use only certain areas

5/18/2010 5:26:14 PM

Share with others for garden and lawn use.

5/18/2010 5:25:01 PM

Spread when pasture is mowed. Have chickens to help spread it around

5/18/2010 5:21:54 PM

take it to neighbor's field and he tills it into the soil

5/18/2010 5:16:43 PM

compost all year and spread in Spring...best fertilizer; grass great; horses on Strongid 2X

5/18/2010 5:12:35 PM

remove it, compost it and spread it back on pastures & gasrden

5/18/2010 5:12:34 PM

Large pasture spread and sacrifice paddocks picked up daily

5/18/2010 5:09:21 PM

Spread some and some of it I build into a compost heap for my veg. garden

5/18/2010 5:03:36 PM

We remove it, compost it and use it in pasture/garden; seel some, too.

5/18/2010 5:00:58 PM

Romove and haul to remote composting facility

5/18/2010 4:58:19 PM

Pile it, then remove

5/18/2010 4:52:04 PM

I use it for lanscaping fill on my property

5/18/2010 4:51:42 PM

drag our paddocks - rain washes it away

5/18/2010 4:47:26 PM

Leave in the large fields, remove from paddocks, fertilize blueberries on property

5/18/2010 4:46:01 PM

compost & use as fill soil again

5/18/2010 4:44:15 PM

compost it

5/18/2010 4:41:41 PM

We just have a pasture

5/18/2010 4:40:57 PM

Chickens break it down to powder then I remove

5/18/2010 4:39:47 PM

big pasture!

5/18/2010 4:39:20 PM

compost the stall manure and harrow/drag the pasture manure.

5/18/2010 4:38:38 PM

at the ranch where I board it is removed by sanitation company

5/18/2010 4:38:04 PM

put it in the dumpster and the city hauls it away every wewk

5/18/2010 4:37:59 PM

Remove and compost

5/18/2010 4:37:27 PM

compost it

5/18/2010 4:35:48 PM

It gets composted then spread on my hayfields

5/18/2010 4:34:00 PM

The birds pick out the grain & the rain decomposes it quickly.

5/18/2010 4:30:22 PM

Also remove the big piles

5/18/2010 4:27:58 PM

Paddocks are picked; pastures are left

5/18/2010 4:25:18 PM

Remove it, compost it, give it away, and spread some of it.

5/18/2010 4:24:05 PM

our gardening friends love getting our manure!!!!

5/18/2010 4:18:48 PM

compost pile

5/18/2010 4:17:26 PM

remove it from the paddocks, and leave it in the pastures

5/18/2010 4:11:14 PM

move it to a pile, compost, use for garden (and give away)

5/18/2010 4:10:18 PM

Pick up daily, haul away weekly

5/18/2010 4:06:22 PM


5/18/2010 4:05:35 PM

remove from paddocks, spread and harrow in fields.

5/18/2010 4:04:49 PM

Remove it, compost it and spread on our farm fields.

5/18/2010 4:02:49 PM

Remove from paddocks/dry lots; leave in pastures

5/18/2010 4:02:25 PM

neighbor spreads on his garden

5/18/2010 4:00:10 PM

drag tthe pasture with a flexible ine harrow

5/18/2010 3:59:52 PM

in addition to spreading the manure on the pastures, manure is removed from the dry lot

5/18/2010 3:59:09 PM

I board- they unfortunately leave it-- I'd pick it up

5/18/2010 3:59:03 PM

Others come and haul it away. use to mix with topsoil.

5/18/2010 3:52:39 PM

Compost it for local gardeners and my own garden!

5/18/2010 3:51:56 PM

We compost it, then spread it

5/18/2010 3:50:00 PM

I know I *should* harrow and rotate fields, but not enough acres.

5/18/2010 3:48:05 PM

Barn Manager spreads on fields

5/18/2010 3:46:49 PM

Collect it for the gardeners and worm growers in the area, cuts down on flies.

5/18/2010 3:38:29 PM

I spread it around the base of our pine trees of which we have many.. helps keep in the moisture

5/18/2010 3:37:58 PM

compost it for the garden

5/18/2010 3:36:55 PM

Remove it, compost it, and then use it in gardens.

5/18/2010 3:36:50 PM

We spread it out with a drag and use manure spreader for mucking stalls

5/18/2010 3:36:03 PM

Pile it in 1 pile

5/18/2010 3:32:24 PM

remove from paddock area harrow in pastures

5/18/2010 3:29:03 PM

burn it on the burn pile w/ other trees, limbs, molded hay, etc.

5/18/2010 3:27:34 PM

Remove and Compost

5/18/2010 3:12:26 PM

kick it then leave it

5/18/2010 3:11:01 PM

Then the wind carries it away

5/18/2010 3:10:53 PM

Also Harrow/spread it....

5/18/2010 3:06:08 PM

compost and then spread

5/18/2010 2:56:59 PM

Mulch it and spread it on our gardens in the fall,.

5/18/2010 9:55:53 AM

I have 20 acres and one horse, 3 donkeys

5/18/2010 9:34:47 AM