(Solved) Can You Take Horse Manure To The Dump?

It depends on your herd size and your resources, your acreage, equipment and budget 👍 “If you’ve got one acre and two horses, you’re going to be generating more manure than the land can handle,” Carrie says 😉 “But if those same two horses are on four acres, composting and applying manure back to the land might work well. If you’ve got twenty acres, you could probably skip the composting, apply directly to the fields and rotate the horses among several paddocks.” Your local Extension office is the place to go for individual advice, she adds. You can find more information and submit individual questions through the national Extension website, www.eXtension.org. [1]
The Rutgers Equine Science Center advises that a compost site must be well-drained and a minimum of 100 feet from any water bodies. It should be level and contained on an impervious base. During the composting period, you must keep the pile moist and turn it regularly. Depending on the size of your property and number of horses, you can compost via the pile method, which are freestanding manure piles, or the shedrow method. The latter consists of several bins contained in a three-sided shed. You’ll use the bucket on your tractor to turn and aerate the contents. If you only have one or two equines, you can use standard barrels or bins used for garden composting, adding your other household composting waste to the manure. (emended by Danique Dickens on March 15, 2020) [2]
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As stated by the specialists at thehorse.com, most landfills will accept manure if you are able to haul it there. Research this option first, because many landfills charge a tipping fee for livestock manure and some even require a special handling fee. However landfill operators in some parts of the country such as in Florida will take horse manure and stall waste for free, using it as the “topsoil” to cover debris. In other cases, taking manure and stall waste to a landfill just to take up valuable space in our finite landfills is not a good use of a renewable resource. Consider other green options below first. [3]
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Darion Quintana at snohomishcd.org, mentions how used horse bedding (even when it contains manure) can also find a second life as cow, alpaca, goat, sheep or poultry bedding. For example, many dairies routinely pick up used bedding from large horse stables to use as cow bedding. Disease transfer from horses to other livestock through bedding is extremely rare, and intestinal parasites are specific to individual species (eg: horse parasites will not infect sheep or cows). This works well for farms with multiple types of livestock, and is also a great option for large stables that use a generous amount of bedding and have room for short-term storage. (last revised 65 days ago by Michael Bruner from Xinxiang, China) [4]
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Article References

  1. https://practicalhorsemanmag.com/lifestyle/horse-manure-management-11633
  2. https://animals.mom.com/way-dispose-horse-manure-4661.html
  3. https://thehorse.com/135757/looking-for-more-manure-disposal-options/
  4. https://snohomishcd.org/shk-resources/2017/12/27/horse-manure-and-bedding-what-can-i-do-with-it
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