Every May, the Guernsey girls get out on fresh spring grass, and get to stay on pasture for up to six months, depending on how well the weather cooperates. This video shows Guernsey Girls on early spring grass.
Manure Spreading with Meyer V-Max
This video shows how we do manure spreading with Meyer V-Max 2636 manure spreader. We just bought this spreader this year and I am very pleased with its performance. It uses 2 large augers on the bottom to push material to the back of the spreader. The lift gate is hydraulically controlled and the beaters are vertically versus horizontally driven and are driven by large chains to the gear box.
It is very capacious – accepting over 10 cubic yards of material, and we have the short spreader compared to other Meyer products. Further, the weight capacity is 24,000 pounds. It is tandem axle with large turf tires to help eliminate compaction. Of course, our main strategy to eliminate compaction is to spread when the ground is frozen. This does not always happen though depending on if the snow comes before cold temperatures.
We stop adding to the manure pile in April and then we allow it to age and re-heap it occasionally during the summer months. Spreading is usually done at the end of November or into the middle of December, which will allow a full six months of integration into the field before we are possibly coming along to produce a first cutting of haylage.
Here is how we compost the manure prior to spreading. We essentially clean the barns daily and add to the pile and then wild turkeys work on the pile daily throughout the winter, turning it over and adding their own higher nitrogen manure to the mix.
“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
What a glorious hope this is. The creature here are all beasts, including dairy cows. They suffer in this fallen world just as man does, but this verse says that they too wait for the redemption of the whole earth, and they too will be delivered from the bondage of corruption. Wow.
Running a dairy includes managing large amounts of manure. In this video, you get to see Paul as he heaps the manure pile so it can age for one year and form compost to spread on the fields.