We make roughly 10 000 MT of compost every year that we sell to our farming neighbors and to local gardeners. Every spring we haul the manure and bedding out of the pens and pile it in rows on the compost pad. The manure is then turned into compost by using an aerobic biological process where microorganisms convert the organic material into a humus-like material. This is achieved by using the application of controlled conditions (ie: optimum combination of organic feedstocks, aeration, turning frequency, temperatures and time) to enhance the natural decomposition process. The end product supplies our customers with a fertilizer that is very high in an organic form of N, P, K , Ca, and Sulfur. And best of all … one teaspoon of compost has over one billion microbes and you get all those for free.
We monitor and turn compost when it reaches around 150 degrees F.
Shipwheel Cattle Feeders Ltd.
Taber, Alberta, Canada
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