Today I'd like to talk about ... Hmmm. How shall I delicately put this? Today, I'd like to talk about ... organic fertilizer. How's that?
If you raise livestock, then "poop" is a natural byproduct. You can't get more organic than that. Just like with humans, what goes in one end comes out another. When that natural byproduct has been collecting in the same spot for more than 20 years, it can create quite a pile.
In January, we hired the 4 Bar S Co. based in Arlington to move manure from five different locations where we feed cattle in the winter. They brought two big trucks and a payloader to do the job.
|The payload driver had to move circular bunks out of the way to get to the "goods." Curious cattle in the pasture south of the lot came to watch the action.|
Because we used the manure on the fields, we won't need to do an application of commercial fertilizer on the alfalfa ground this year. Comparable commercial fertilizer would cost about $35 an acre.
So, why did we (Randy) choose to spend the $43 per acre rather than the $35 for commercial fertilizer? (Yes, of course, I asked, with my eye firmly on the checkbook.) Cleaning up the manure has some side benefits. It makes it less sloppy for feeding, reducing wear and tear on equipment. It also can help in disease control for the cattle.
So, there you have it - the scoop on poop.