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Really Old Cow Manure in Tobacco Barn

 
Ray Cecil
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I am closing on 6 acres withing a couple weeks. It has an old tobacco barn. One side was used for cattle at some point as the ground is covered in old cow patties. This is about a 45' x 15' area. The house has been vacant for about 8 years. What should I do with this old cow manure? Mix it into a compost pile with dry leaves and fresh cut yard waste? Is it okay to use? Should I be concerned with it at all?
 
robert e morgan
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spread it on the garden
 
Tracy Wandling
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If you're worried about any chemical residue that might remain in the manure, compost it. Then spread it on the garden.
 
Marco Banks
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Carbon is good.  Aged carbon is all the better.  Aged carbon that once came out of a cows butt --- the best.

Are you concerned about medications that the cows may have been taking?  I would imagine that even if the cows were on meds, after it's aged in the sun and rain, there wouldn't be much left to be concerned about.

Use it.
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