Sheep manure, characteristics and uses in plant fertilizer

Manure is one of the best residual materials for composting plants due to its chemical properties, including its low inorganic nitrogen content. Its use in the fertilization of land is very old and always with the purpose of making use of livestock waste and restoring the nutrients of arable land. It also contains moderate amounts of potassium and is very rich in potassium chloride , with this type of fertilizer it is possible to avoid burning the growing plants.

All those who own a garden, however small it may be, know the need for nutrients that it needs and what better and more natural way to provide it than with manure, since it comes from animals , such as sheep and does not go through no type of chemical process ; In addition, experts point out that the best natural fertilizers come from the waste of herbivorous animals.


  • 1 Characteristics of sheep manure
  • 2 How to preserve sheep manure

Characteristics of sheep manure

shed to store sheep manure

Its nutritional qualities vary depending on the type of cattle from which it comes , in the case at hand, sheep manure is considered one of the best for fertilization processes.

It must be taken into consideration that the manure is not applied to the crop, on the contrary, it is added to the land before the planting process in such a way that the process of reducing the organic material contained in it occurs. It is recommended that it be at least 15 days before.

Another important point is the amount of manure , it should not exceed 170 kg per hectare, according to what the law indicates.

To generate good harvests, the land requires a series of conditions such as water retention and also the necessary aeration and needs the nutrients and microorganisms contained in the sheep manure , in this case, to create the necessary environment in the plant growth.

Sheep manure is considered one of the richest in nutrients and balanced, of course, this combination is fulfilled when the sheep feed on the grass in the field.

If the manure is very fresh, it should be subjected to a fermentation process that lasts at least three months so that it degrades a bit and is then suitable for mixing with the soil. This manure will provide the substrate or soil with nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and trace elements .

As a curious fact, we tell you that 300 kg of sheep manure is equivalent to 1000 kg of cow manure; another of its advantages is that it contains straws which are very convenient to aerate the soil, it contains hairs which gives an additional supply of nitrogen and it is quite cheap if you have to buy it.

If we talk about square meters, the suggestion is to supply 3 to 5 Kg of manure fertilizer for each square meter of land.

How to preserve sheep manure

mountain to conserve sheep manure

These recommendations apply to conserving manure, whatever its origin.

It is advisable to keep it in places where the loss of liquid is minimal , since there is a risk of losing nitrogen, one of the important components of the fertilizer and it should be avoided at all costs that it dries out.

A shed is ideal for its conservation, since it prevents the loss of liquid or leaching and reduces losses due to the decomposition of organic materials only, thus keeping the natural properties of the manure practically intact.

Once it is properly matured and ready to use , it is suggested that it be removed from the shed and mixed with the soil at once , since if it is left in the field for later use , nitrogen losses will be significant and it will also gradually lose potassium and phosphorus.

When it is necessary to remove it from the shed for reasons of space, it is suggested to stack the manure making piles as high as possible and cover it with straw or plastic to prevent the least possible leakage of liquid and nutrients.

Sheep manure, characteristics and uses in plant fertilizer

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