We don't have a cow.....don't have the space for it. We do have goats but they don't poop like a cow does. While we will be cleaning out the barns this fall and composting the hay/manure for use on the garden beds, this does not provide enough nutrition for the almost 1.5 acres we have in garden beds. A cow would provide a lot more of nutrition for us but we chose (and are happy with our choice) to go with goats for a variety of reasons.
So I am in this bottleneck of figuring out how to make enough additive material for the garden beds to keep increasing the fertility of our soil. Yes we use cover crops and till under crop residue and put compost on our beds........but that only goes so far.
I came across a very interesting article in Mother Earth News recently about creating "cow manure" artificially (i.e. NOT FROM A COW). http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/1978-07-01/How-To-Make-Cow-Manure-Without-a-Cow.aspx?page=4 You can check out the article for yourself if you like. So if you come to the farm and see black plastic bags baking in the sun you know what experiment I am trying now............
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )