MacFarlane Pheasants has always composted used bedding and bird droppings. We create windrows that are about 4ft wide by 4ft tall and can be 1500ft long. This is where our “bedding pack” is hauled weekly. It takes about a year of turning the compost by machine to create the breakdown necessary to turn it into nutrient-rich compost. Here’s what the compost machine and mother-nature get done:
▪ Removes carbon dioxide and replaces it with oxygen to allow for the breakdown of organic matter
▪ Manages temperature by removing excess heat and allows the wind-rows to continue the breakdown of organic matter into compost
▪ Mixes without pulverizing--the turning process must mix the material exposing particle surfaces to moisture and microbes without turning the material to dust.
▪ The compost turner thoroughly mixes wind-row materials without pulverizing the humus crumb structure that develops during the build-up phase of the composting process
▪ Allows a one-man operation with operator control from the cab
▪ Mixes and blends composted materials by moving the perimeter materials to the center and center materials to the outside of the wind-rows.
Local farmers pick up the compost that has been reduced in size by about two-thirds in the composting process. This makes it much cheaper to haul away. Farmers who have crops but do not have livestock like to bring in this organic fertilizer rather than purchase fertilizer. Though farmers haul our compost at their own expense, our reduction in the size of the nutrient-rich product helps hold their costs down.
It is a win/win situation for MacFarlane Pheasants and our local farmers. If you would like to know more about composting, Ryan George can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.