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  • From: Lucky Pittman <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Wool tags as mulch
  • Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 08:36:39 -0600

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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