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    Default Re: Can a rake do this?

    Cool, maybe we should take the rake to a ranchers house and try it out. By the way, I recently became a member of countrybynet, and they have less members, but give just as good info as TBN if anybody has thought abouat a membership...


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    Default Re: Can a rake do this?

    Your gonna have to stick you finger in the piles to test first. Warm and steamy...to fresh, scabbed over on top but a soft middle, not yet. Can't put a finger in...just right.

    You just have to keep the cows from stepping on them and messing them up. During this time of year...even down here, the piles are all around the food source.
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    Default Re: Can a rake do this?

    Quote Originally Posted by amashinga View Post
    You know that cattle dung was used as a flooring material in a traditional African adobe hut ?. Why is that relevant ?
    Inspired choice! No need to sweep, because everything you drop is cleaner than the floor! Wish I'd thought of it!

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    Default Re: Can a rake do this?

    I spent my summers as a kid around a dairy farm. Cows#$!, is mushy when new, gets a crust over it when the sun gets on it a couple days but it's still mushy at the core. By the time it becomes "just crust" it's a month old and two thirds of it has returned to the soil.

    A rake would just tear up good grass and make more of a muddy mess of your grazing area without moving the mush very far. It might handle horse apples in a riding ring but not cowship.

    If you have a feedwagon in the pasture, cattle will congregate around it and that area WILL be a sea of mud and doo-dee.

    You clean out the drops in a dairy barn and use a tractor bucket to clean a barn yard but if you're worried about cow crap in your pasture, either you have too many cattle per acre or you should think about another kind of pet.
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    Default Re: Can a rake do this?

    Horse manure ? Yes.
    Cow flops ? I doubt it.
    Just too much mass, too flat, wet and spread out.

    Horse manure rakes because it is mostly round balls that just roll.
    Even horse manure gets hard to rake once it freezes and it does freeze and stick to the ground.

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    Default Re: Can a rake do this?

    Yea, I guess it ain't happening...


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    Default Re: Can a rake do this?

    I have seen a lot of old loader tires cut to muck barns but that is on concrete,not sure that helps, Advanced Comfort Technology, Inc. - Manure & Feed Alley Scrapers
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    Platinum Member farmboy12's Avatar
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    Default Re: Can a rake do this?

    Thanks. It looks cool, but as said, it will probably spread out wet pies as well as it might hurt grass. Thanks for the link though!


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