Sheep manure, characteristics and uses in plant compost

sheep manure is the best there is

Manure is one of the best waste materials to obtain compost for plants due to its chemical properties, including its low inorganic nitrogen content. Its use in the land fertilization It is very old and always with the purpose of giving use to livestock waste and restoring nutrients to arable land. It also contains moderate amounts of potassium and is very rich in potassium chlorideWith this type of fertilizer you avoid burning the growing plants.

All those who own a garden, no matter how small it may be, know the need for nutrients that it needs and that better shape and more natural to provide it than with manure, since this comes from animalslike sheep and does not pass by no type of chemical process; Furthermore, experts point out that the best natural fertilizers come from the waste of herbivorous animals.

Characteristics of sheep manure

shed for storing sheep manure

Its nutritional qualities vary depending on the type of livestock it comes from, in the present case, the sheep manure It is considered one of the best for fertilization processes.

It should be taken into consideration that manure is not applied in the crop, on the contrary, added to the land before the planting process in such a way that the process of reduction of the organic material contained in it occurs. It is recommended that it be at least 15 days before.

Another important point is the amount of manure, should not exceed 170 kg per hectare, according to what the law indicates.

To generate good crops, the land requires a series of conditions such as water retention and also the necessary aeration and needs the nutrients and microorganisms contained in sheep manure, in this case, to create the necessary environment for plant growth.

Sheep manure is considered one of the richest in nutrients and balanced, of course, this combination is fulfilled when the sheep feed on the grass in the field.

If the manure is very fresh, it should be subjected to a fermentation process that lasts at least three months so that it degrades a little and then is suitable for mixing with the earth. This manure will contribute to the substrate or soil nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and trace elements.

As a curious fact, we tell you that 300 Kg of sheep manure is equivalent to 1000 Kg of cow manure; another of its advantages is that it contains straws which are very convenient for aerating the earth, contains hairs which gives an additional supply of nitrogen and is quite economical in case you have to buy it.

If we talk about square meters, the suggestion is to supply 3 to 5 Kg of compost of manure for every square meter of land.

How to preserve sheep manure

mountain to conserve sheep manure

These recommendations apply to conserving manure, whatever its source.

The recommendable thing is keep it in places where fluid loss is minimal, since there is a risk of losing nitrogen, one of the important components of the compost and it should be avoided at all costs that it dries up.

A shed is ideal for conservation, since avoid liquid loss or leaching and reduces losses to decomposition of organic materials only, thus keeping the natural properties of manure practically intact.

Once i am properly matured and ready to useIt is suggested that it be removed from the shed and mixed once with the earth, since if it is left in the field for later use, nitrogen losses will be important and it will also gradually lose potassium and phosphorus.

When it is necessary to remove it from the shed for reasons of space, it is suggested to pile the manure by making piles that are as high as possible and cover it with straw or plastic to avoid as little liquid and nutrient leakage as possible.


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  1.   Tomas said

    Maximum 170 kg per hectare and you want to add 3 to 5 kg per square meter? 10000m (one hectare) x 3 or 5 gives between 30000 and 50000 kg per hectare, not 170

    1.    Arthur Peris said

      I believe that the 170 kg per hectare refers to the nitrogen content of the manure, not to all the manure.

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  3.   Gabriel said

    I think it's too late for this comment but there it goes ...
    There it says: »it must not exceed 170 Kg per hectare, according to what the law indicates»
    ACCORDING TO WHAT THE LAW STATES ... it is a maximum established by the law ... not by the person who writes the instructions on how to use the fertilizer

    1.    ALDO said

      So applying between 3 and 5 kg per square meter, it would be 30.000 or 50.000 kg for each hectare, that is, every 10.000 m2, so they would be breaking the law ...

  4.   Fernando Carbajal placeholder image said

    Hello, could you tell me which manure is better for the lawn?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Fernando.

      The lawn needs a slow release compost, so we recommend the horse manure.


  5.   Reyes said

    Hello, I am dedicated to the cultivation of lemon and they have told me that this is a very good fertilizer for the plant, the problem is that I do not know how much I can apply per tree ... or how much I can apply dissolving it in 200 liters of water

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Reyes.

      About 3-5kg of compost is added per square meter; that is, more or less 500 grams per tree, assuming it is about 2 meters high and has been in the ground for more than a year.