How It's Made
Our "Production" Team
Black Kow® "The Mature Manure" is made from the finest raw materials available...manure from dairy farms. Black Kow®, has 4 to 6 times more nutrients than typical garden soils. It all starts at the dairy farm where we "employ" over 20,000 cows a year to get enough raw material for Black Kow® compost. We never add any chemicals to our product.
Getting Product Ready
The dairy farmer cleans the holding pens and stores the manure in huge piles. Our front-end loaders and special turning equipment begin the process of composting. That helps the natural decaying process caused by beneficial microbes. It converts “waste” into an organic, nutrient-rich, stable soil called Black Kow®.
All composting is done outdoors to take full advantage of natural rainfall and the sun's energy. The decaying manure is formed into long “windrows” pictured here. Special equipment turns the manure so fresh air and moisture is evenly distributed through the rows. Turning is done weekly or more often depending on rainfall.
Kick Starting The Composting
This turning helps “kick start” the naturally occurring microbes that break down the manure. It takes about three months to complete the composting cycle. During the composting process temperatures can reach one hundred fifty degrees and weed seeds that the cows might have ingested are killed in about two days.
Now that the composting is complete, let’s go inside the plant. Here the Black Kow® is dumped into a hopper. The manure has been sifted to remove larger pieces. We carefully control the moisture content of Black Kow®. If it's too dry, that's not good for the microbes. If it's too wet, it clumps up and cannot be packaged properly.
Our automated equipment then wraps every pallet with black plastic film to reduce shipping damage. Black Kow® is a premium product. We have high standards and want every shipment to arrive at the store in perfect condition. Finally, the pallets are moved to a loading area where they await shipment.
Ready For Delivery
Black Kow® is good for the environment. Black Kow® is the ultimate in natural recycling. Wherever large numbers of animals are kept in close proximity like a dairy farm, their manure has potential for creating pollution. Removing the manure and naturally composting it, minimizes the potential for pollution.
Black Kow® To You!
The bags are electronically weighed, filled and heat-sealed. Shown here is the 1 cubic ft. bag...the most popular and economical size. Bags travel off a conveyer belt and are electronically stacked on shipping pallets.
Black Kow® For Planting Success
The final product is perfect for you to take home and improve weak, rocky/sandy or thick clay-type soils in your lawn or garden. Black Kow® is the best way to ensure a healthy start to your flower garden, vegetable garden or lawn.