If you have a substantial amount of cattle on your property, it is possible to make fertilizer for your crops. This is a very robust form of compost that can be produced in the span of just a few months. Combining this with fillers, you can create pellets that can be used to fertilize your crops very quickly. Storing the leftover fertilizer pellets is possible, or you can sell these to other farms in the area. Here is an overview of the process of making cattle manure fertilizer. It’s actually much easier than you would imagine.
Creating Your Compost Pile
Before fertilizer can be made, the cow dung compost needs to be produced. This originates from the manure that you are going to collect. You can do this by hand, or you can have machines that will collect the cow manure. This will then be placed into a pile. It is recommended that you create a large pile, measuring at least 4 ft.² in size. If it’s larger, it may take longer for the piles of compost due to the amount of chemical reactions that must occur within that material. Be sure to add at least 3 inches of organic material, followed by the compost, giving the process a boost. It should also be turned over, at least every three days, to exacerbate the chemical changes that will occur to create the compost from the manure.
How To Know The Process Is Over
There will be a substantial amount of heat that will be generated through this chemical process. In fact, when the heat begins to minimize, you will know that it is coming to the final stages of the process. Most of the heat is going to originate from the center of the pile. By inspecting it, you can tell if it is easy to crumble, and if it has now developed a dark brown hue. One other factor to consider is the smell. It will often have a very earthy odor. Once this is done, you can then begin to use machines that can take this compost and create cow dung compost pellets.
Machines That May Compost Pellets
These are typically referred to as a fertilizer granulator for cow dung. They are either a large tube with multiple holes. Or it will be a circular disc platform with edges. As the material rotates, it will be forced out through openings, leading to the creation of the pellets. This will then be covered by material that can solidify around the exterior. This will ensure that the compost is not decompose early. All of this can be done in the span of just a few months you have the proper setup at your facility.
Although this can take many months to complete, the process of creating fertilizer from cow manure is relatively straightforward. You do need to have machinery to collect the cow manure, stack it, and ultimately process the pellets that will create the fertilizer. It is much less expensive to do it on your own. However, there are expenses that you must consider before trying this on your own. The initial cost is higher, but over the course of several months, and certainly over several years, you will save money by producing your own compost from cattle manure.