Thousands of dollars are heading out of the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg on pitchforks, wheelbarrows, and tractor-trailer loads.
It’s the cost of getting rid of animal manure left in and around the Farm Show complex.
As the 98th farm show comes to a close Saturday, the job of orchestrating the process falls to Jim Sharp, show manager for 11 years.
As many as 28 tractor-trailer loads will carry waste out of the complex — and all that manure is kept in separate piles based on the type of bedding used by the animals, he said.
“If they’re using pine shavings, which is a dry wood product, that’ll go into a separate pile. If they’re using a lot of straw, if they’re heavy in straw, that’ll go into a different pile,” Sharp said. “We also use bark mulch for beef cattle and that goes into a separate pile.”
It will cost about $10,000 to haul away about 10 truckloads of bark mulch, which will then be recycled.
Less than a thousand dollars is budgeted for getting rid of about two loads’ worth of pine wood shavings shipped to a landfill.
The soiled straw costs nothing, because it’s headed to Southeastern Pennsylvania, where it’s a valuable fertilizer for mushroom farms.