Cow Manure
Cow Pat Manure
Fresh cow manure
Typical Nutrient Content
From beef, no bedding
Nitrogen: 1.4
Phosphorus: 0.9
Potassium: 1.5
From beef, with bedding
Nitrogen: 1.4
Phosphorus: 1.2
Potassium: 1.7
From dairy, no bedding
Nitrogen: 0.6
Phosphorus: 0.3
Potassium: 0.7
From dairy, with bedding
Nitrogen: 0.6
Phosphorus: 0.3
Potassium: 0.7

Cow manure is considered a "cold" manure since it is moister and less concentrated than most other animal manure. It breaks down and gives off nutrients fairly slowly. Cow manure is an especially good source of beneficial bacteria, because of the complex bovine digestive system. Depending on your location, many sources of cattle manure can be from dairy cows. Recent expansion in the use of bovine growth hormones to increase milk production certainly could become a concern for organic farmers trying to source safe cattle manures. The healthier the cow, and the healthier the cow's diet, the more nutrients its manure will carry[1]


  1. (2010), "The Manures"

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