21 hours ago
Friday, October 12, 2012
Filling the barn
To fill the barn consumed quite a bit of material; around 180 cubic yards of wood chips. That's 18 dump truck loads (full-sized dump trucks). That's quite a bit. This bedding will remain in the barn for the next 8 to 10 months, and it'll absorb all of the manure and pee from the pigs.
To maintain it the theory is that you run a rototiller across the top about once a month, and if it gets too wet you add more bedding. I have lots of bedding material, so that's not a problem. As we loaded these chips in they're actually steaming -- generating quite a bit of heat from naturally composting.