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Is Goat Manure Good for Fertilizer?

A few years ago, the only kinds of manure readily available were cow and horse manure — but not anymore. Keeping goats is a hot trend in urban farming. You might have a neighbor with goats or even keep goats yourself. Along with a steady supply of creamy milk for cheese comes a steady supply of fertilizer for your garden. Goat manure is one of the best animal manures for healthy soil and plants.

Potential Benefits

Goat manure, like sheep manure, is drier than cow manure or horse manure. It has less odor and is easier to work with and spread. It also composts more quickly. Goat manure is higher in nitrogen than horse and cow manures — on average, it has 22 pounds of nitrogen in 1 ton. Cow manure has only 10 pounds of nitrogen in 1 ton, according to the Ohio State University Extension.

Potential Drawbacks

Because goats eat grass and hay, their manure might contain weed seeds. This is true of most grazing animals, including sheep and horses. Composting the manure destroys most of these seeds, but a few remain viable — ready to emerge in your garden. To reduce this problem, always use well-composted goat manure. Spread mulches over the soil to thwart weeds and pull any weeds that appear quickly, before they go to seed.

Use

Goat manure makes an excellent soil conditioner for new gardens, as well as established gardens. It improves the soil texture so it uses water more efficiently and allows more oxygen to reach the plants’ roots. Goat manure, like all manures, offers a low-cost, natural source of nitrogen and other nutrients. Because manure contains small amounts of other nutrients, you will probably have to supplement it with other fertilizers, depending on your soil fertility. Spread 40 pounds of goat manure on a new garden and till to a depth of 8 inches. Spread 1 to 2 inches of manure annually on established beds and till under.

Cautions

Fresh animal manure, including goat manure, can contain pathogens that can make people sick. Always use well-composted goat manure, especially if you’re using the manure on edible crops. If you opt to use goat manure that is rotted but not composted, apply it at least 120 days before harvesting crops that grow close to the ground, such as lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. capitata) or root vegetables. Apply it at least 90 days in advance for crops that don’t touch the soil, such as corn (Zea mays). Just because goat manure is a natural product doesn’t mean it’s completely safe. When used in excess, it can run off, potentially polluting ground water. Till it in well and avoid using it on sloped areas, especially when heavy rain is predicted.

Benfits:

    1. Goat or  sheep pellets are very much Dry compared with cow dung or horse dung. Hence these are very easy to collect or store.
    2. It is Virtually odourless and hence easy to work with and easy to spread on your soil Directly. You cannot directly apply cowdung or horsedung without decomposing, because this can burn your plants.
    3. Its relatively Free of insects and maggots unlike cow-dung. But drying in sulight for 2 to 3 days before using or before storing is always better.
    4. It’s a Cheap and Best Organic Fertilizer for your plants: As I said earlier, the pellets can be used for direct applications to flower and vegetable gardens without the fear of getting your plants burnt.
    5. Goat pellets contains lots of nutrients, the Major NPK elements – Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium, and many trace elements like Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Manganese and many others. The Nitrogen value may be higher than cowdung or horse dung especially when these goat pellets are mixed with goats urine, whether by default or by using some goat beds specially created to increase its nitrogen value. In this case, composting this prior to application is recommended.
    6. This manure Increases Flowering and Fruiting and Promotes overall Plant growth. Goat droppings can be used in nearly any type of garden, including that of flowering and fruiting plants or
    7. Use Goat dropping in your compost bin. It not only enriches your final compost value, but also it decomposes very faster. This is because pelletized droppings allow more airflow into compost piles, which speeds up composting time as well.
    8. It’s a Low-cost Pure Organic Fertilizer for your vegetable gardening. You can get it for almost free specially when you visit any rural area or you can also get it for free in cities. You know how I collected these pellets? These were collected during the Bakrid festival where you see lot of sheep brought into the city and homes. You get lots of this to collect and save for the whole year. For me this is the most important benefit. Because I never use any chemicals for my vegetable gardening, not even a chemical pesticide. Well..
    9. Goat dung is also an Excellent soil conditioner: you can mix it while making your potting mix, similar to how to add decomposed cowdung into your mix.