our process

Our Composting Process

ploughmans choice process


Ploughman’s Choice compost comes from 100% livestock manure, specifically from cattle bedded with sawdust and fodder. Manure is removed from barns and put on piles at our processing location.



The manure piles are turned with an aeration machine, exposing the compost to air, which begins the composting cycle. Piles heat to temperatures of 55°C, killing weed seeds and other harmful pathogens, and are turned at least 20 times to ensure proper mixing and full composting. When the product is earthy in texture and smell, it is cured in a stock pile until heat is out of it and it is stable.



When curing is complete, the compost is screened to 1⁄2 or 1⁄4” particle size to ensure that no foreign objects remain. When this is complete, it’s ready to package or to load.



Our packaging and delivery can be handled in three ways: bagging for resale, filling totes for delivery or loading for bulk delivery. One is sure to work for you!