“Carbon is supplied by the bedding material (shavings and straw) and the fibrous portion of the manure. Nitrogen is found in both manure and urine. Nitrogen is “food” for the microbes. Too little nitrogen will slow the composting process. Too much nitrogen can increase odors because of the buildup of ammonia gas. ***Because most horse owners use wood shavings for bedding, the amount of nitrogen is usually limiting.*** The desired C:N range for composting is 25 to 40 parts carbon to 1 part nitrogen.”
So, for BETTER composting the desired range is 25 to 40 parts carbon to 1 part nitrogen
Average carbon to nitrogen ratios
Horse manure — 30:1
Straw — 80:1
Softwood shavings — 641:1
Hardwood shavings — 561:1
Superior Straw Bedding is great for the livestock transport industry. The dust-free bedding helps reduce the negative impact of dust on animals and employees. It is also a key component in maintaining biosecurity by helping to prevent the spread of infectious disease.
Superior Straw Bedding makes the cleaning out of trailers easier and the chopped straw composts quickly making it easier to dispose of than wood shavings. Superior Straw Bedding provides a comfortable environment and is very absorbent ensuring your livestock arrives visibly healthier with less stress while being transported. Individually packed Superior Straw Bedding is easy to store until needed.
When hauling down the road to a show or event, Superior Straw Bedding provides deep soft cushion under foot, no dust in the trailer, and allows for good air quality during each trip. Easy clean up of both horse and trailer saves time and money.
Construction has its challenges with high environmental laws and common practices to be followed. Superior Straw offers a biodegradable material that is easy to handle. Our dust free straw passes the highest health and safety workplace laws.
Straw’s overlapping feature allows it to be used as a strategic cold insulator during the winter. A 2- to 4- inch layer of Superior Straw used as mulch provides an effective barrier from the cold for sensitive tree and shrub roots. Superior Straw’s chopped makeup means it fits easily between tiny plants and seedlings and works great when applied to a vegetable garden. The vegetables have a strong barrier against moisture loss allowing lush foliage and fruiting.
Superior Straw works great to cover freshly seeded ground to prevent erosion and retain moisture which allows seeds to germinate. Mulching with straw when seeding grass or planting gardens also reduces weed pressure.