Farm

Northwest and Allee Research and Demonstration Farm

Publication Date

2003

Abstract

Composting is becoming a popular way to handle livestock mortalities. The co-compost material, sometimes referred to as carbon source or bulking agent, is used to cover the mortalities and provide a microenvironment for bacteria. The co-compost material should be readily available, inexpensive, and free of pesticide residues. Some commonly used co-compost materials are turkey brooder litter, poultry litter, hoop barn manure, corn stalks, ground corncobs, wood shavings, and wood chips. Use of a compost thermometer is helpful to be sure that the process is occurring properly. Temperatures in the 110 to 150o F range indicate decay that will be fast and odor free whereas cold temperatures indicate problems.

Copyright Owner

Iowa State University

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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