We are a small family farm (750 acres) in southern Indiana. We raise Angus
cattle and have a small feed store. To supplement income (and
keep us out of trouble) we have started marketing/manufacturing
soy lotions/soaps. This summer we plan on removal of the old
grain bins at the feed mill. My brainstorm is to utilize the
concrete pads for storage of compost. We have a staff person
who is interested in making a compost product. Of course,
we have manure and a local supply of products from the saw
My concern is having the most efficient compost turner. We
have manure spreaders and hay rakes, however we need to research
turners. Any suggestions? If you are interested, our web site
Thanks for the email and the questions on compost turners.
It sounds like you folks have a busy schedule with all the
enterprises you have going. There are several manufactures
of compost turners out there and I can't really say which
is best. We used a Wildcat type design to make a homemade
model here on our farm. Ours is 16 feet long and will take
a windrow about 6 to 7 feet tall. It is self propelled and
easily transported. I can share photos of it if you'd like.
If you plan on producing a premium product for resale you'll
definitely want a turner, a screen and possibly even a bagger.
We've seen the demand in small bags to be tremendous.
You might want to check out Biocycle magazine (www.jgpress.com).
This trade journal is an excellent up-to-date source of information
about composting and equipment suppliers.
Hope this helps,