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Manure Management

  Manure Transfer or Compost Facility
  
         Manure -- and lots of it -- it is the inevitable by-product of keeping horses.
        And, when mixed with bedding, we're suddenly looking at a large volume of 
        waste and a potential source for odor, flies, vermin and contaminated run-off.

        Most towns, and even rural areas, no longer permit spreading -- and no one 
        should put fresh manure and shavings onto a pasture or paddock before it's 
        been composted.  It's too acidic for the grass in its raw form, and there's the
        potential for increasing the parasite load on the field.

        So, as good stewards of our horses and our land, we have to plan for handling
        the waste in an efficient and responsible way . . .
 
Manure Transfer

         This is a great solution for those with limited land or limited time to manage
        a composting facility.  

         And, with the increased interest in composting, nearly all areas have at least 
        one company with a manure dumpster service.  These companies deliver an 
        empty dumpster and pick-up the full ones -- the manure and bedding is then
        transferred to their site where it is composted and becomes a rich product 
        that is perfect for improving lawns, gardens, paddocks and pastures. 

     King has designed a variety of manure transfer buildings, in various sizes
       and price ranges . . .
 
       For instance, yours can be 
designed to complement the other buildings on your
       farm, like the one pictured below:

 
   
    This multi-purpose building has a transfer station that houses two (2) 40 cu yd dumpsters,
    one in each of the covered end sections; the end sections are below grade for ease of dumping
    The center section is at grade with a gentle slope -- it allows horses to be loaded onto
    commercial vans without any ramping.
    The building has cedar siding, cedar louvers and a 50 year architectural shingle roof
 


       Or you may prefer something very economical, such as the one pictured below:
      



     
     This transfer station will house one (1) 40 cu yd dumpster - the cleaners access the dumpster
      via 
the sliding doors on the front side of the building, and the dumpster sits below grade.
     The service truck accesses the dumpster from the garage door on the lower level. 
     This building has metal siding, a
metal roof, cedar sliding doors on the front side and a metal
     garage door on one end (lower level).
 


    Whenever possible, we construct the manure transfer building so the dumpster 
    will sit below grade.  This eliminates the need for ramping and makes it much 
    easier to unload the manure from wheelbarrows or dump carts as the stalls 
    are cleaned.

    The building pictured above is very economical to build and convenient to use. 
    And, because the dumpster is fully enclosed, there are no problems with 
    odors, flies, rodents, or with run-off.






     Above is a simple manure bunker for interim storage.  The bunker is close to
     the barn aisle, making it easy to dump wheelbarrows and muck buckets.
     The manure is then removed with a tractor and front-end loader and disposed
     of, either by trucking off-site, or by adding to a "back 40" composting site.




Composting Facility

    If you have enough land to locate a composting facility on your farm, we can
    build one for you. . .

    Typically, this structure has a pavilion-style roof and at least three large 
    composting bins.  These can be made from pressure treated wood, concrete 
    block or poured concrete walls.

    Composting facilities should have a concrete floor, which will make it easier
    to turn the compost with a tractor and bucket loader, or better yet, we can
    build one with an aeration system that requires no turning.

    Like the manure transfer building, unloading the manure and bedding is easier
    if the composting bins are below grade, but it will work either way.

    Here is an example of a simple composting facility that will work well for
    a smaller horse property:




    In addition to ending your manure problems, the composting facility will yield
    a valuable product that will improve your paddocks and pastures.  Compost has
    nutrients, helps to aerate the soil and increases the topsoil in rocky areas.


  


  
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