Composting of mink manure: How high can the temperature go?

Irshad Hussain, G.W. Price, Cory Roberts, Hossain Farid : Department of Plant and Animal Sciences and Department of Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University. .

CONCLUSIONS: Compost bins looked alike but behaved differently. Temperatures were not uniform in different layers of each bin in either trial. The middle layer was the hottest in trial 1, but the top layer was the hottest in trial 2, possibly because the densities between bins were different. The bottom layer was the coolest in both trials. Air draft was possibly the reason. Maximum temperature in Trial 1 was reached earlier than in Trial 2, possibly as a result of material density. This is necessary information in order to see if these temperatures will kill the AD virus. The virus will be added to compost, separated from the compost materials, purified and tested for viability.

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