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We started recycling paper as bedding in 1990. Here is a picture of chopping the paper for bedding.
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That is a straw chopper on our tractor, chopping news paper and phone books.

This is the finished product.
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We've got well read cattle!:lmao:
 

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The picture showing the shreading has some fuzz floating in it. What is it that you shread the paper with? Now I guess your cows can poop with style and in an informed manner now ehhh???? :lmao: :clown: :smiles: :cowboy:
 

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Sounds like "well read" fertilizer to me! :lmao: :smiles: :clown: I bet it is much easier to spread than the standard frozen cow paddies! :cowboy:
 

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Gentlemen..........please excuse my misapplication of proper agricultural nomenclature. "Poop" is a VERY unprofessional and "insensitive" terminology. I should have use the rightful and proper reference of "Bovine Nutrient Residue" instead of "Poop" . :hide:
 

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Eco-minded

For Christmas I have been giving "Spherical Equine Fertilizer Suppliment",using recycled feed bags.
 

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Chief, the fuzz in the picture is paper dust, the chopping process is wicked dusty, I come out of the barn looking like a snow man! Of course I wear a dust mask. We chop the paper with a 3ph straw chopper. It has a hopper about 30"x30", with a round rod running across the bottom under a moveable grate. On the rod are sickle knives attached in rows. The rod spins at around 1500 RPM (just a guess, approx 3 times PTO RPM), and the knives shred the paper against the grate and draw it down through and blow it out the side.
The second picture shows the barn with a fresh chop of paper in it, we need to rebed about once a week to keep the barn clean as the cows drop a lot of fresh "fertilizer" in there. We clean the barn out in the spring and you don't see any paper in the manure, it all gets absorbed.
We like the paper as it keeps things nice and dry, and rots up quickly. We had used saw-dust, but it take nitrogen out of the soil to break it down, the paper adds nitrogen as it rots.
We also checked about residues from ink, most news papers use vegitable based inks, so that's not a problem either!!
All in all, it makes a good solution for our bedding needs, and we keep about 12 tons of paper a year from ending up in a land-fill site .
 

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Re: Eco-minded

Originally posted by slipshod
For Christmas I have been giving "Spherical Equine Fertilizer Suppliment",using recycled feed bags.
My father-in-law gets a couple of bags of BS every year for father's day!:eek:mg: Sounds funny, but he likes it! (for his garden)
 

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For Christmas I have been giving "Spherical Equine Fertilizer Suppliment",using recycled feed bags.
An excellent term for the more colloquially named "Trail Apples". :lmao: :smiles: :clown:
 

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:clap: Kudos to you parts man, not only are you utilizing waste products, but saving some money to boot. It's a win, win for you and the environment. It's good old fashioned sustainable farming.:clap:
 

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I use Shaving in my Stalls

For all the same reasons Partsman used paper.The #1 reason I use shaving is.IT IS FREE FOR ME. My 20" thickness planer sure can make a bunch of the nicest shaving man has ever seen,in a hurry too.As for the nitrogen depletion problem,I have found that good old pig lime spread on the stall floors (gets picked up when I clean stalls) Pretty much takes care of it.
 
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