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Mead Brook Farm uses an outdoor wood furnace (right)

horses, it's possible that the barn will stay above freezing without heat, but the arena is very large and has no bodies to keep it warm.”

n VENTILATION: While the shape and positioning of a building has often determined the ventilation success of the barn, today’s designers have found an additional solution. A number of Blackburn-designed arenas employ electrically-operated, heavy duty commercial garage doors that can accommodate changing weather conditions. Too much wind from the West? Roll down the doors. Need more air flow? Roll up the doors.


If you could fantasize about the ideal fencing material, you would dream that it didn’t rot, was fire proof, horses hated to chew it, was strong enough to bounce off the charge of a draft horse and was made from recycled materials but maintained the traditional look of wood. LifeTime Composites of Carlsbad, California, has come

close to fulfilling those dreams with LifeTime Lumber®. Maintaining the aesthetic beauty of wood, this product is made from 68 percent recycled fly ash, an inert waste generated from electric utility plants and bound together with polyurethanes. The fencing material has a Class A fire rating which

states it will resist fire as well or better than other fencing products on the market, and will not add fuel to the fire. It also resists water absorption, won’t rot and both termites and mold aren’t interested in it. Like wood, the composite lumber may be painted and may be used with standard wood tools.


n COMPOSTING: As urban life creeps into the countryside, manure management becomes a major issue in communities across the country. One potentially profitable solution is composting. You can quickly turn a fly-infested, neighbor-maddening, ground and surface water polluting pile of waste that you would have to pay someone to remove into a profit producing soil amendment that your friends and neighbors covet. Traditional composting is to pile up manure and bedding and wait for something to happen. “This is not modern composting,” explains Peter Moon of O2Compost. “That is decomposition. The point of composting is to create a finished product that is safe to use. If you want to sustain an agricultural way of life and have people receptive to horses in an urbanized community, composting is the answer.” Peter and his company O2Compost developed a

systematic and cost effective way to convert a waste product into a natural resource in 30 days without turning the compost pile. The two major elements for success are oxygen and heat. Oxygen is necessary for the bacteria to efficiently transform waste into nutrients. Heat, which is the by-product of the composting process must be sufficient to destroy parasites, pathogens, weed seeds and fly larvae (at least 131º F for three days). If at the right temperature, composting will also degrade vaccines, antibiotics, deworming products and pesticides. Under the old system you mixed up and turned the pile

Fencing made of Lifetime Lumber

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repeatedly for several weeks. Peter, however, indicated that within 30 minutes of turning the pile, the oxygen level quickly crashed, sometimes even lower than it was before the pile was turned. When air is first introduced into the new compost pile, the microorganisms in the mix “go crazy”. Their increased activity caused the pile temperature to rise very rapidly, often to well over 150º F in 24 hours Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77
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