[nafex] Wool tags as mulch

Lucky Pittman Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu
Tue Nov 27 09:36:39 EST 2001

At 02:27 PM 11/27/2001 +0000, you wrote:
>Interesting Lucky, I have always heard sheep manure is of the best. Would
>sheep-dip residues be strong enough to present a problem for
>organic-certified farms?
I'm not sure - any dips that might be used are probably organophosphates, 
which would probably be shunned by the organics crowd, though some 
producers might be using pyrethrins/pyrethroids, which would, in my 
estimation, not be a concern.  You'd have to check the regs.

>  I have wondered about
>how quickly wool would actually decompose. At least the old dung might help
I'm not sure how rapidly it would break down - I've mulched around an 
occasional tree with the hair my wife trims off the dogs(Border Collie & 
G.Shep.XG.Ret. mix) at their Memorial Day shearings.  Two years down the 
road, it's still recognizable as dog hair.  I don't know what the dung/wool 
ratio would be - perhaps not enough manure to really have much of an 
effect.  Much of the N content of herbivore manures sublimates off as 
ammonia as a result of bacterial action, if it's lying on the soil surface.

Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY

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