[nafex] Wool tags as mulch

Tom Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Mon Nov 26 12:58:02 EST 2001


Hi Lucky,

Wool is a common organic fertilizer:

Organic Fert.           N-P-K
----------------          --------
Hoof/horn              14-0-0
Blood                    10-1.5-0
Fish                         9-7-0
Wool/felt/feathers     8-2-0

If it is dirty it would be raised very slightly.

Later,
Tom

Lucky Pittman wrote:

> Folks, as a follow-up to the ongoing discussion about
> using wool as a
> mulch, this response came across the Grazersedge
> discussion list, where
> they were also discussing the same topic.  I'd not
> considered the
> dung/urine component of dirty wool, but depending upon the
> level of
> soiling, it could conceivably be source of N, resulting in
> some enhanced
> growth in plants mulched with wool.
> Lucky
>
>
> >Mark Ludwig wrote:
> >
> > > Chris,
> > > What's a wool tag?
> > > Mark
> >
> >did anyone answer this?
> >
> >When the fleece is shorn it goes onto a slatted table for
> skirting, that
> >is removing the less valuable parts.  Wool tags
> >specifically are the dirty dung tags off the back end of
> the sheep, but
> >are used more loosely as all of the material removed from
>
> >the fleece.  The skirtings go into several different
> barrels, depending
> >upon length and type of contamination (bellies, paint,
> >dung, vegie matter).    The short  material that falls
> through the slats
> >and the dung tags have the lowest value and at present
> >are not even sellable as the transportation will eat up
> the value of the
> >wool.  As pointed out they may be rich in other
> >nutrients:-)
>
>
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