Horse enthusiasts and small farms looking to purchase a manure spreader often run across the question of “what size works best?” For a simple answer, consider the following:
• How many horses / stalls do you have?
• How much of the day are they in their stalls?
• How often do you have time to spread manure?
• How far away is the area where you will be spreading manure?
For reference, an average 1,000 lb. horse that spends most of its time in a stall will produce about 50 lbs. of manure per day. This equals out to about 2 cubic feet of manure per horse per day. This gives you a good benchmark for the size spreader you need. If your horses are in the stall for only half the day, you can estimate about 1 cu. ft. of manure per horse per day. With this in mind, 10 horses in their stalls for half the day would require a 58 cu. ft. spreader to be emptied once every 5 days. Taking into account the distance between stalls and the field or pasture where you’re spreading the manure, you could probably go with a smaller, 20 cu. ft. spreader and spread every 2 or 3 days.
With 20 stalls, you would more than likely want to go with at least a 58 cu. ft. spreader. With all 20 horses in their stalls for ¾ of the day, and each horse generating around 2 cu. ft. of manure per day, you would need a spreader large enough to pick 40 cu. ft. of manure, covering all 20 stalls. A 58 cu. ft. spreader would work well for 20 stalls because it would hold a full day of manure when the stalls are at full capacity, or 2 or 3 days when the stalls are at a lower capacity. If your stalls are full on a daily basis, and the field or pasture is far away, you would probably want to go with an 85 cu. ft. unit to lessen trips to the field or pasture for spreading.
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