A Look Back at Our Season of Spreading . . . Manure

Manure & Lime Spreader Program Ending for 2017

Sound Horsekeepers, Adam and Tracey

Sound Horsekeepers, Adam and Tracey

The spreaders are out at the last cooperators' property and will be picked up Friday and put away for the season. We will not be taking reservations until April 2 for next spring, so mark it on your calendars. There will be some changes coming to the program that Michael Hipp, our Resource Planner / Sound Horsekeeping Program Manager, will be working on over the winter, They are changes related to efficiency so that we can better serve you all. He will let you know what those are as they become official.

THANK YOU!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the spreader program this year! 2017 was the busiest and most successful yet.

 

  • 34 Cooperators (aka landowners / farmers / horsekeepers) used the spreaders; some, multiple times.

  • 3,020 miles driven to deliver the spreaders - that's the distance from Seattle to San Salvador, El Salvador!

  • Only 1 flat tire on the trailer (thanks to Skagit Farmer's Supply for the assist!)

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And there is no way to measure the tens of thousands of pounds of manure and lime spread this year, but it is great to know that all those nutrients are out building good soil. Thank you to our cooperators for not only having Michael out to your property to discuss soil health and good pasture management practices, but also for following through and getting your pastures one step healthier for your horses.

Please remember that if you encounter any new resource concerns over the winter Michael is always here to help. Winter in western Washington is always a challenge with horses, so please don't ever hesitate to contact him any time.

Office: (425) 377-7019 | Email: mhipp@snohomishcd.org

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Tania & Bob Partridge, A Mud-free and Super-efficient Horse Farm

Tania & Bob Partridge, A Mud-free and Super-efficient Horse Farm

Tania and Bob participate in our Sound Horsekeeping program and were awarded an attractive sign to show visitors that their farm is managed to reduce mud, manage manure, improve pastures, and enhance wildlife habitat. Would you like to be recognized as a Sound Horsekeeper? Learn how at http://snohomishcd.org/sound-horsekeeping-sign-program or call Michael Hipp at 425-377-7019.

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Fall Task List for All Types of Properties

Fall Task List for All Types of Properties

The shorter days of autumn inspire us to slow down after a busy summer, but accomplishing a few tasks before the rains set in and the winds start to blow will make winter more pleasant and surprise you with a healthy land and soil-scape next spring.

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Manure Spreading Season

One of the many services offered by the Snohomish Conservation District, specifically for horse owners, is manure spreading. Michael Hipp, our Resource Planner, runs this program and has many insights into why this service is important for Sound Horsekeeping

The goal of spreading manure is to keep a clean stable for your horses and also take advantage of the nutrients found in manure. As you sweep up the area where your horse meanders, you can set the manure aside for moving around your property as convenient. It also helps to mitigate the land use and helps horses maintain a sense of safety and security. No one wants to stand in their manure very long. 

The Snohomish Conservation District has two manure spreaders, one large (photos below are of the large one) and one small. They are available on a seasonal basis from approximately April to October, after the rains have ended. (We'll see!) Each time the spreader goes out, Michael delivers it to the horse owner and explains how it is used. The time allowed is three days so pick up and drop off days are Tuesdays and Fridays.

For example, you might receive the spreader on Tuesday morning and Michael will pick it up on Friday morning so he can deliver it to someone else.

Keep your horses upright and happy by scheduling to use one of our spreaders today. As Michael said, "It's one of the most beneficial services we have for horse owners. It's a great benefit."

Contact Michael at 425-377-7019 or mhipp(at)snohomishcd.org to schedule your spreader today. Read more here about when it is best to spread manure.

Is Your Home Firewise?

Is Your Home Firewise?

As Westsiders here in Washington, it’s difficult to imagine the threat of a wildfire as we tromp through the rain and mud for close to eight months of the year. But due to our beautiful dry summers, the landscape can dry out quickly, presenting a window of time where a grass or forest fire can pose a serious threat to property and lives.

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New Resource Planner Joins our Team to Help Horse and Livestock Owners

New Resource Planner Joins our Team to Help Horse and  Livestock Owners

Michael Hipp joined the staff of Snohomish Conservation District in March to lead the District’s Sound Horsekeeping program and assist landowners with livestock and farm management. A native Texan, Michael built and managed a horse ranch for many years north of Amarillo.

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Snohomish Conservation District Proposes New Rate System

Snohomish Conservation District Proposes New Rate System

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Our One-Day Rain Barrel Sale Returns!

Our One-Day Rain Barrel Sale Returns!

We’re filling our office to the brim with rain barrels and keeping our doors open late for this special one-day only pick-up event, just in time for summer watering. You will get a pre-assembled 55-gallon barrel with sturdy components (spigot, overflow spout, mesh over inlet).

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