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New System Composts 1.5 tons of Manure in Two weeks

On June 14, an innovative manure composting system was unveiled at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Howard County, the first such project made possible by Maryland’s Animal Waste Technology Grant Fund. Although composting is not new, this contained vessel composting system, when installed, reduces environmental factors that impact the composting success. The state-of-the-art system can process 1.5 tons of horse manure in two weeks. According to Days End officials, the final compost product will be used for bedding, on-site landscaping needs and possible sale to a local nursery. “Preliminary information from the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland indicates that Days End Farm will save approximately $12,000 a year by eliminating landfill expenses and reducing bedding costs,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “Developing new technologies to protect natural resources and improve farm profitability is a win-win for everyone.” Green Mountain Technologies, based in Washington state, implemented the project for Days End Farm Horse Rescue. The company employs the latest technologies and has the ability to use web-enabled controllers and probes to monitor temperatures and manage the composter remotely. “Green Mountain Technologies—in partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Days End Farm Horse Rescue—is delighted to demonstrate this exciting new concept in manure management for equine facilities,” said Michael Bryan-Brown, the firm’s president and chief engineer. “Our goal is...

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IMPORTANT WEATHER-RELATED CANCELLATIONS FOR THE WEEKEND. We will continue to update this list as we hear of new items:

-the WBTA/MHSA Regional show scheduled for this Saturday, 7/23, has been rescheduled for Sunday, 10/16.
-the Potomac Hunt trail ride at Little Bennett Park scheduled for Saturday, 7/23, has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
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Katie McCoy Named WIHS 2016 Youth Ambassador

The Washington International Horse Show recently announced that Katherine F. McCoy of Arlington, Virginia is this year’s Youth Ambassador. The 16-year-old senior at Yorktown High School trains here in Maryland with Adrian Ford of Big Easy Farm in Boyds. McCoy competes in equitation, hunters and jumpers and traveled to Florida this past winter for the Ocala circuit. She last rode at WIHS in 2013. Joining McCoy on the WIHS Junior Committee this year are 24 teens from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Representing Maryland this year are Hayley Antonelli (Bethesda), Bailey Doloff (Sykesville), Olivia McCarren (Chevy Chase), Madeline McManus (Glyndon), Holden Rafey (Bethesda), Jenny Searles (Gaithersburg) and Jennifer Taylor (Odenton). Look for McCoy and the junior committee at WIHS this October 25-30 at the Verizon Center in Washington,...

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Maryland Legislative March Madness!

Caroline County Sunday Hunting, Animal Crime Penalties, Arabian Racing, Open Space & Preservation, Compounding of Vet Drugs A key date in the ninety-day session of the Maryland General Assembly is “cross-over day;” this is the day that if a bill is not voted out of its original house, so that it can “cross-over” to the opposite chamber for debate, it is effectively dead for this year. 2016 cross-over day was March 21; the 2016 legislative session will officially adjourn on April 11 (also known as “sine die”), and so – as you read this, there is a rush of activity as committee chairs rush to wrap things up.  Hearings will be scheduled with much shorter notice, sometimes only a day in advance.  When there are hearings, many will allow only sponsors to orally testify (others may still make an appearance in the committee to support the sponsors and to be available for question, and may still file written testimony). So, what bills are left in play that may be of concern to our readers? Sunday Hunting: Caroline County The Maryland Horse Council is seeking to combat the flurry each year (for the last 12 years) of what are called “local courtesy bills” which expand hunting by a day or two in small, geographic regions by brokering a state-wide compromise that would ensure the...

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New System Composts 1.5 tons of Manure in Two weeks

On June 14, an innovative manure composting system was unveiled at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Howard County, the first such project made possible by Maryland’s Animal Waste Technology Grant Fund. Although composting is not new, this contained vessel composting system, when installed, reduces environmental factors that impact the composting success. The state-of-the-art system can process 1.5 tons of horse manure in two weeks. According to Days End officials, the final compost product will be used for bedding, on-site landscaping needs and possible sale to a local nursery. “Preliminary information from the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland indicates that Days End Farm will save approximately $12,000 a year by eliminating landfill expenses and reducing bedding costs,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “Developing new technologies to protect natural resources and improve farm profitability is a win-win for everyone.” Green Mountain Technologies, based in Washington state, implemented the project for Days End Farm Horse Rescue. The company employs the latest technologies and has the ability to use web-enabled controllers and probes to monitor temperatures and manage the composter remotely. “Green Mountain Technologies—in partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Days End Farm Horse Rescue—is delighted to demonstrate this exciting new concept in manure management for equine facilities,” said Michael Bryan-Brown, the firm’s president and chief engineer. “Our goal is...
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