Cheap Cow Manure Direct from the Cow Pen

Every time we visit our daughter's university campus at UPLB, we always try to maximize our trip. Being avid gardeners, we would pick up free cow manure from the Animal Husbandry to be used as organic fertilizer.

We shoveled cow manure in a covered cow stable. Whether it's the rainy or the dry season wouldn't matter much because, for as long as the cow manure is dry, it will remain that way because the stable protects it from the rain.

Cheap Cow Manure Fertilizer Suggestion

The last time we shoveled dried cow manure was at the height of the rainy season, but it wasn't raining that day. A farm helper at the university was walking along the road and noticed us.

He said the farm hands tending the cows at the Animal Husbandry area actually sell sacks of dried and aged cow manure. He said they would sell cow manure fertilizer to anyone during the dry or hot season.

Side Trip to the Cow Pens for Manure Fertilizer

After visiting the Los Banos Flower and Garden Show at UPLB, we went to where the cow pens were located. We tried our luck in finding a farm hand who would sell dried cow manure to us.

It's easy to spot the cow pens and the cows grazing in the open space on one side of the road.

We managed to talk to Joel, a farm hand working there. They sell aged and dried cow manure in sacks for Php40 per sack. They also sell it for Php30 per sack if you provide your own sacks.

DH asked for two sacks. With a makeshift shovel, Joel immediately dug into the soil just near where the cows were standing. I think they collect all the manure and pile them up somewhere and then rake them flat for quick drying.

Apparently, they don't stock on cow manure fertilizer. They just shovel and fill up the used cow feed sacks when a buyer requests for cow manure organic fertilizer.

When asked if the cows were for milking, Joel said the cows for milking are at the DTRI (Dairy Training and Research Institute). I'm not sure if the cows here are their meat though. They don't look too meaty to me.

Since DH was bringing a small sack, she asked Joel to fill it up. She gave Joel Php100 for the two big sacks and the one small sack. Joel then loaded the bagged manure.

The photo below shows one sack of coco dust we bought from Dulay's, two big sacks and one small sack of aged and dried cow manure. Partly hidden by the sacks is a plant with yellow flowers. That's the Cape Honeysuckle plant (Tecomaria capensis aurea).

Although this cheap cow manure isn't free, it's obviously way more convenient than having to shovel the dried cow manure. There's no mess, no dust when shoveling and bagging and no pesky crawling ants to contend with. We don't even have to load the bagged manure.

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