Sheep Manure Production and Waste Management


Sheep Manure Production and Waste Management

Well-rotted sheep manure is an excellent fertilizer. Aged sheep manure is believed to benefit crops much more than the average cow manure, but this can also depend on the animal diet. The farmers shall examine the ways in which they can take advantage of their sheep waste. They can use it as compost in their crops, donate it to a local farmer union or sell it to a local merchant. Do not underestimate the total quantity of waste that a single sheep can produce. It has been estimated that the annual total waste of an adult sheep (manure plus food, hay and other wastes) can exceed 3000 lbs. (1360 kg) per year. The average mature sheep produces 2000 lbs. (907 kg) of manure annually. Thus, it is necessary to design a solid and legitimate waste management policy well before we welcome the sheep in our property.

Keeping our farm clean is the key to raise healthy and thriving sheep. We must daily remove their waste and the bedding from the shelter, because they attract flies and insects. Sheep manure when combined especially with hay (which is often used as bedding) is the perfect environment for flies to lay their eggs. During summer heat, it is beneficial to put a livestock fan inside the shelter so as to promote good ventilation.

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