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Cow manure As Fertilizer

Updated on November 16, 2011

What is cow manure used for

There is usually a use for everything on the planet and believe it or not - that even goes for good old cow poo !

What is cow manure used for you might well ask ? Yuck - who would even want to go anywhere near cow poo ?

As I spent a few years living out in the country I saw my fair share of cow pats( or known as cow pie in other countries ) & was happy to avoid them where possible .

However many people appreciate that cow manure as fertilizer is an excellent source of nutrients for plant life,giving you healthy plants as well as helping keep the ground moist as well.

Chicken poo or even goat /horse or elephant poo can be used as well however elephant poo could be harder to come across .

Cow poo

cow manure uses

Again you could be surprised to find out that another use for cow manure is used as fuel in Idia when the cow manure is dried out!

The Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, USA and the
Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, The University of Texas at Austin, University Station, C2200 Austin, TX 78712, USA have done research on Cow power: the energy and emissions benefits of converting manure to biogas, this is part of it.

"This report consists of a top-level aggregate analysis of the total potential for converting livestock manure into a domestic renewable fuel source (biogas) that could be used to help states meet renewable portfolio standard requirements and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In the US, livestock agriculture produces over one billion tons of manure annually on a renewable basis. Most of this manure is disposed of in lagoons or stored outdoors to decompose "

cow poop fertilizer

cow manure as fertilizer
cow manure as fertilizer

Drying Cow dung

Cow dung for fuel.
Cow dung for fuel.

Cow dung for houses

In other countries cow manure is used to line walls of houses due to the fact that it has insect repellant properties against some insects - sadly not flies tho .

Researchers are looking at a new way of disposing of some of the millions of tons of cow manure produced in the US each year: they are reccommending to use it to build with to replace sawdust when making fibreboard - they would sterilise it first !

Cow dung is also being used as fuel for cooking( Gober ) in some countries ..

Cow dung for building

Anyone who has eaten chapaties (flat bread) cooked on a gober fire can testify how this fuel enhances their taste.
Anyone who has eaten chapaties (flat bread) cooked on a gober fire can testify how this fuel enhances their taste.

Make money

If you have animals you can bag your animal poo and sell it to make some quick cash or charge less for people to scoop the poop themselves !

Some turn it into a business !

Cow dung for fuel


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    • sparkleyfinger profile image

      Lynsey Harte 

      5 years ago from Glasgow

      Yummy! Don't think I'd wanna get too close to manure though :P My gran used to collect horse manure from the streets for this very purpose- ew ew ew!

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Lol , Crappy stuff aye ! Thanks for the visit CrsSp, When in Britain we saw quite a few signs saying "Manure for sale ! It is great for so many uses in a lot of places .

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      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Your hub is full of crap! Lol! *joke* Alright, kidding aside, this is indeed very interesting. Truth be told, there is money in the manure. Cows eat greens anyway and so, it's simply a process of recycling the product.

      I've also read somewhere that cow poop are being used as coal in India and other countries. I hope they don't use it in the BBQ. :)

      Good stuff from the dung! Up and sharing!

    • DreamerMeg profile image


      5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      I was on a reading kick most of my life and after I got married, my husband and I had a LOT of 2nd hand books from the local 2nd hand booksellers, including whole sections of books from various classical authors, that I went through one by one. I think it was Victor Hugo who described a French peasant girl using her hands to throw cow dung against the wall of the farmhouse, to form pats for use as fuel on the fire. She was not aware of this but the author lets us know that the young man watching her throw the cow pats against the wall had been going to ask for her hand in marriage, however, the sight of this country pursuit changed his mind.

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks for visiting MarieAlana1 , We used to live out in the country with cows all around us & the soil was really good there + plenty of cow pats to be found lol !

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      Marie Alana 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      I love it! Many people don't realize it, but lots of soil bags have cow manure mixed in it. I went looking for a cow dung after building my container gardens.

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      Alexander Radich 

      7 years ago from Kiev

      Thank you for your comment on my hub on Croatia...

      As far as cow poo is concerned, I observed too many of them in India in 1995 and 1997 ))) They use it thoroughly in their lives!

    • Ramsa1 profile image


      7 years ago from A citizen of the World

      Cow manure is excellent fertilizer as is sheep manure. Bagged cow and sheep manure, without the smell, are available for sale at gardens centers during the summer - for city folks.

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks for visiting ! Your boyfriend could make a lot of money collecting & selling it as there are others doing it already !

    • stephaniedas profile image

      Stephanie Das 

      7 years ago from Miami, US

      My boyfriend always said that if he were really poor, he'd take a poop and try to sell it. This looks like a good start ;)


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