We have spread much of the goat trimmings on the orchard. Today I started a compost pile with six flavors, goat, sheep, chicken, turkey, horse, and cow manure and old bedding. I have tried composting in the south before with only one success story. Today I did not use a ring of fence, which means the chickens may find it and get into it, just layers upon layers. First I put down sheep bedding and bull waste hay, then a layer of goat bedding that was way moister, followed by another layer of waste hay with some horse manure, then about five gallons of water, topped off with an inch or so of dried chicken/turkey manure from our egg mobile, then started the same sequence until all the brown gold ingredients were used up. I found the key in my one real success was big and wet.
I may have lucked out because I started a pile of waste pasture and sheep bedding a few days ago in prep of the main pile, it was already warm inside.
I have had a problem with where I put a compost pile before, once I tried it next to the hog pen and once next to the goat pen where the main supply was coming from at that time, the problem was nothing would grow where the pile was for a long time. I don’t like areas of dirt around the barn if I can help it. I put today’s pile down next to the wood line where there is no grass.
Here’s to hoping for a large pile of brown gold in the fall.