Manure Utilization: Conquering the HEAP

Connecticut Horse Environmental Awareness Program

Isn’t it amazing how fast your manure heap becomes a mountain? What can you do with it? First, stop and realize that your manure is a valuable resource for someone, if not for you. Treat it as such, and find a way to put it to good use -- use it, sell it, or give it away. Horse waste generally contains some type of bedding material along with the manure. Bedding type and quantity may vary greatly from farm to farm. In Connecticut, the most common bedding used is wood shavings or sawdust. Wood products can take months or years to break down. When applied to plants or crops in a raw, uncomposted form, it can actually do more harm than good. Consider composting your waste before utilizing it. (See Composting fact sheet).