Determining Space Requirements for Manure Storage

If you are building your horse property or thinking about relocating your manure storage, here are some factors that you may want to consider when figuring out how much space you will need for your manure or compost pile.

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

4 Responses

  1. re: Determining Space Requirements for Manure Storage

    Hi Alayne,

    We have 2.5 acres which grew from 2 to 3 horses recently.  With manure composting and give away we were managing the manure.  A 3rd horse pushed us over the top.  Composting takes to long to accommodate 3 horses.  

  2. re: Determining Space Requirements for Manure Storage

    How far away from the barn itself should the manure pile and composing pile be? I’m concerned about the flies and fumes etc that are ao close to the barn where my RAO horse is boarded.

  3. re: Determining Space Requirements for Manure Storage

    The two different sizes I am referring to are larger horse operations with equipment to manage the compost system and smaller operations with minimal equipment. In situations where you are using a tractor to turn or move compost the best solution is ce

  4. re: Determining Space Requirements for Manure Storage

    Can you clarify what the two different sizes related to from this statement.

    • For larger composting systems (commercial boarding facilities with greater then five horses) where heavy equipment will be used you may want to consider two three-sid

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