Equestrian Composting

Challenges of Equestrian Composting

Horse manure management and disposal can be costly, time-consuming and odorous. However, with appropriate composting infrastructure and process, equestrian properties can turn this costly waste-stream into a valuable resource. Properly composted low-moisture horse manure is pathogen-free and can be used as bedding in stables, or it can be sold as a high value soil amendment.

Earth Flow automatic composter at IOS Ranch in Washington State

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Mixing

Horse “poo nuggets” are encased with a mucous membrane. If left static, these mucus membranes will hold the nuggets together for months, giving you an uneven and lumpy product. Our solutions do an excellent job of mixing, grinding, and aerating horse manure.

Odor Management

Farms generally like to choose a solution that minimizes stinky odors. GMT has developed numerous odor control technologies including enclosed systems to mitigate odors from manure.

Pathogen Destruction

Facilities must provide data proving time and temperature requirements are met. Use our tech solutions to stimulate temperature increases while automatically logging data in simple CSV files.

Labor Costs

Labor is generally the biggest expense for any operation. Our solutions are easy to operate and maintain, requiring minimal effort beyond what is done already for disposal.

Our Solutions

Green Mountain Technologies offers proven solutions for farms and equestrian facilities, from affordable aerated static pile (ASP) systems to automated in-vessel systems and tow-behind windrow turners. Our goal is always the same: empower farms and equestrian facilities with efficient systems to turn manure and bedding into valuable compost products.

Solutions Comparison Chart

Odor Control

Processing Speed

Opex

Capex

Earth Flow

Pre-Engineered ASP

Turned Windrow Composting

Solutions Comparison Chart

Earth Flow

Odor Control

Processing Speed

Opex 

Capex

Pre-Engineered ASP Systems

Odor Control

Processing Speed

Opex 

Capex

Turned Windrow Composting

Odor Control

Processing Speed

Opex 

Capex

1. Earth Flow Composting

The Earth Flow system makes composting fast and easy, with just a 14 day process time to produce ready-to-cure compost with minimal labor. The system is completely enclosed giving you excellent control over odor and stormwater, making it a great solution for those in urban areas or looking for ease of permitting.

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Low
Opex

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Fully
Enclosed

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Minimal
Odor

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2+ Week
Active Process

2. Pre-Engineered ASP Systems

ASP composting significantly reduces mechanical turning of the material, while speeding up the primary composting process to just 1.5 months, plus 4-8 weeks curing time (compared to 6+ months with turned windrow composting). PRE-ASP can reduce footprint and material handling costs by as much as 50% when compared to turned windrow composting.

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Low
Capex

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WebMACs
Controls

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Low Handling
Costs

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6+ Week
Active Process

3. Turned Windrow Composting

Using a tow behind a windrow turner is one of the least capital intensive ways to compost. It allows you to leverage existing tractors to turn your compost effectively and efficiently, turning once per week for 3 months, and once or twice a month for the subsequent 3+ months. While fuel and labor intensive, this approach can make sense if you are not concerned about odors, footprint or processing speed.

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Low
Capex

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High
Opex

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Large
Footprint

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12+ Week Active Process

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“With our previous turned windrow systems we had a hard time keeping up. That stress has been alleviated with our site built Earth Flow. The long-term investment in the system has a return on both labor and operating costs. I am no longer spending 16 hours a week in a skid steer and have the opportunity to spend more time in the field and greenhouse. We are also producing more compost than our old turned- windrow process, which helped us quickly transition into a no till farm.”

- Nate Bundy, Compost Manager at Green Acres Farm

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