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Spreading Manure March 16, 2011

Dairy farms are blessed with lots of manure.

And here’s why.

Dairy farms are typically heavily populated… with animals, providing an urban-like living for the cow. The more cows per acre, the more poo per acre than say, ranches, which provide more of a rural-like living for the cow.

Ranches are typically rocky and heavily wooded, yielding spotty forage. So the cows are given more acreage to spread out. And so is their poop.

Farms, on the other hand, typically are not rocky or heavily wooded, thus allowing native grasses to thrive. The more grass a farm has, the more cows per acre and consequently… the more poo per acre. That combined with the fact that cows in milk clock in and out at the barn twice a day, compounding the concentration of droppings at the barn, is a recipe for ghastly funk.

Which means it’s going to smell.

But I can’t smell it. Or maybe I should say, it doesn’t smell offensive to me.

Unless manure has been spread recently. Then I can smell it. And it stanks.


Manure spreaders have come a long way. Here is our old manure spreader. It’s definitely seen better days.


In case you didn’t already know, that big red thing hooked onto the tractor is the latest and greatest in manure spreaders. It makes spreading manure over the field a breeze.

Speaking of breezes…

If your hubby or farm hand decides to spread the manure on a breezy day, you might want to stay inside.

Don’t forget to close the windows.

At the end of the day, the stench of the manure for a day or so is worth the return we get on our grass come spring and summer. The stuff works.

And that’s all I got to say about that.

Your Welcome.

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