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ANyone familiar with O2Composting systems for composting horse manure?

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  • ANyone familiar with O2Composting systems for composting horse manure?

    Curious about this system:

    I'm wondering if anyone has been through any of their courses and if anyone sells their composted manure. As of now we give ours away to the Master Gardeners, but man, it would be nice to make that manure make some money back and provide some write-offs for the farm perhaps...and it would be a nice side-job for my husband .

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    I saw one of the systems at a barn in NC and man was it neat! Been curious ever since, but it's $$$$ to install.
    Hindsight bad, foresight good.


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      Yeah, I'm guessing it's probably hard to make that back too! I'm also wondering if my husband can get the "idea"....they are pretty protective of their system but the internet is amazing for gathering good info.


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        oh good grief. Don't read that alarmist dogma. I could barely get through the description of the average backyard horse keeper's place being a breeding ground for tetanus and other deadly disease, with a stinky "muck pile", standing piles of poo and dust full of pneumonia germs. Its a sales pitch for their system. Marketing. Makes you scared, so you'll buy their product. They also talk as if the genius engineer geologist hubby invented the system, but aeration of compost heaps has been around as long as I can remember and being slightly older than dirt, that's a long time. In the 1970's we were using aerated systems at our stable. He's just assembled it into a complicated kit he can sell you.

        Here's how to increase the efficiency of your compost heap, if you need to: put a few perforated drainage pipes vertically in the pile as you build it. Or turn the pile frequently. or use a three bin system, which they "Poopoo".

        Our compost is ready in about 6 months in a static,unaerated pile, but I've also used the three bin system, and then it's ready in about half the time, and if it's kept moistened and has the aeration pipes in it, in about 2-3 months. There is no manure smell and no fly problem to our static pile and since its less than 100 feet from our house and about 20 feet from our barn, that's important to me. Visitors remark that there is no barn smell around my barn- well, hell, there's no $$$$magic involved. Pick up the manure daily, pile it neatly and cover it.

        As for selling the compost, around here people bag their fresh manure, put it on the roadside and get $1-2 per bag ( recycled haycube bags mostly). Composted manure loaded by the farmer into the buyer's truck is about $20-$30 a load and delivered by the farmer is about $50. However for the small farmer, like us with 3-4 horses, we use all of our compost every year on our 2-3 acres. Friends would love to have some and they are welcome to come and get it but often there's none left by the time they ask.
        "The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF


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          LOL, yes, Cat I caught on that they are definitely selling a product (I didn't find it "alarmist', but recognize their strong sales pitch). I did a quick internet search for "aerated compost" though and found a plethera of info.

          We turn our piles now whenever we feel like it - no science to our methods. The Master Gardeners come and load up the piles but they are way behind this year and now we are stuck with 2 big piles that would normally be gone (apperantly the Gradeners are all getting old and having a rough time getting around....why do we have no YOUNG gardeners?). My husband is going to do some resurfacing around the farm with what we have now so it's not all wasted, but egads, what if these Gardeners don't come when our next pile is ready? I'd love to sell it ~~~ with a better plan and better compost, not the stuff we're shoving around right now .


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            Originally posted by hundredacres View Post
            (apperantly the Gradeners are all getting old and having a rough time getting around....why do we have no YOUNG gardeners?).
            Well, I wanted to take the master gardener class, but it is offered only on Fridays (all day) for about two months straight. I can't miss that much work! I'm guessing most "young" people can't. ;-)
            DIY Journey of Remodeling the Farmette: http://weownblackacre.blogspot.com/


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              Originally posted by TrotTrotPumpkn View Post
              Well, I wanted to take the master gardener class, but it is offered only on Fridays (all day) for about two months straight. I can't miss that much work! I'm guessing most "young" people can't. ;-)
              That's it! They're targeting the retired set .


              • #8
                Originally posted by hundredacres View Post
                I'd love to sell it ~~~ with a better plan and better compost, not the stuff we're shoving around right now .
                You may want to check with your county extension agent before you invest any money. Many states have regulations, guidelines and/or licenses required as it is usually considered an agriculture product.


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                  Try advertising it on Craig's List. I bet you it moves.
                  Hindsight bad, foresight good.


                  • Original Poster

                    Did that! Nothing


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                      well, I hope you find a home for it!

                      Its interesting there are no young gardeners- is it possible that young folks do not, for the most part, dig at their mother's or father's side, and watch their own small crops grown? Many people of my generation in my city had that experience.

                      @subk- around here the government is so backwards they do not consider compost a farm product- and you cannot claim any income made from composting towards your farm income for property tax purposes ( a farm has to be profitable to get farm taxes here)
                      "The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF