Manure Fertilizer
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animal waste as soil nutrient

Zone 33706 | meba2ae added on August 11, 2016 | Answered

I have a piggery where I have installed a three stage septic system that utilizes enzymes and two air pumps to break down the pig waster. What I would like to do is pump out this processed waste into grow beds on other parts of the property. Currently, nothing has been planted. My question is the safety of such a project. Adding this waste to the existing soil, is there a health concern? Thanks

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Alisma
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Answered on August 12, 2016

You may want to consult with an extension agent from your local land grant university to determine whether your system successfully kills pathogens. The following article mentions that pig manure is considered unsafe for vegetable gardens because it is more likely to carry pathogens:

https://extension.umaine.edu/publications/2510e/

These sites also provide information:

http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/fruit-vegetable/using-manure-and-compost/
http://animalscience.uconn.edu/extension/publications/manuremanagement.htm

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