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Nov 30

Winter Farm Workshop

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 12:22 PM by Allan Warren

Servine Feed and Tack owner Frank Servine and contractor Dan Reeves of CND Inc. on-site of the forced air manure bins constructed last in June to compost bedding, manure, and waste hay generated from Frank’s horse boarding facility.

Aerated Manure
Saturday, FEBRUARY 10, 10-11:30 a.m. Servine Feed & Tack, Roy

Whether you operate a horse boarding facility, or have a few of your own at home, at some point, you will have to ‘deal’ with the manure and bedding generated by those noble steeds. Frank Servine owns and operates a large horse boarding facility and has wanted a better way to manage the waste generated from his business for many years.

This past June, Frank accomplished that goal by building an aerated compost system that has multiple benefits. It’s concrete floor and roof mitigate impacts to surface and ground water resources and air quality. Using an electric blower to force air through the pile, aerobic conditions are maintained, which stimulates the microorganisms that are already in the mix. Their by-product is heat, which pasteurizes the raw material and kills fly larvae, pathogens, parasites and weed seeds. It also dramatically reduces offensive odors and the release of greenhouse gas. Plus, the volume of original material is reduced dramatically in the composting process, and a great deal of time and expense from fuel, labor and equipment use is saved from not having to turn the pile to introduce air into the mix. 

The result of this process,which can take place in 30 to 60 days, is a safe, high-quality soil enhancement that Frank plans to sell. Even if you don’t have a large horse facility, this technology can be scaled down for your own operation using simple materials.  Come take a look at what Frank has built, and learn what you might be able to do on your own property!