Randy Hull, head of compost sales at Cow Palace Dairy in Sunnyside, Washington shares how the dairy repurposes cow manure. The manure is treated and weed seeds are cooked out to produce a fine compost. There's no smell - only rich fertilizer. Cow Palace Dairy sells its compost to other farmers in Yakima Valley and Western Washington, whether they grow blueberries, hops, or hay. Hull sees the sale of compost as an ongoing circle of life as the compost helps grow other crops, like hay, that Cow Palace Dairy then purchases to feed its cows. To him, nothing goes to waste on the dairy.
We’re basically talking about manure and waste and a byproduct. This is the finished compost pile. There’s no smell, all the weed seeds are cooked out. That’s good stuff. It’s something that comes right back into the system and helps out our neighbors and helps out farmers we do business with and comes right back into the Yakima Valley and it goes as far as on the other side of the mountains. And really all around the state. From blueberry farmers to the hop guys, a lot of vineyards and orchardists, and a lot of the hay farmers. It’s kind of an ongoing circle where we sell our compost to the farmers and then we buy hay and straw back from them, which I think’s great. It works out for everybody, and everybody’s happy. We’re not just getting rid of it. It’s serving a purpose and there’s some real value in it. I look at it, and I don’t see any waste.