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mum1
14-04-07, 04:04 PM
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Can you please tell me what is reasonable to pay for a wool size bale of rice hulls(comes in orange coloured cover). I pay $48 a bale near Geelong. I prefer them to shavings but just trying to work out the cost effectivness of both.

Thanks everyone

zzahra84
15-04-07, 12:02 AM
I pay $35 for the orange wool packs of rice hulls in Werribee. I think they are heaps better than shavings as they are not dusty at all and are more absorbent and less smelly.

mum1
15-04-07, 06:04 AM
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Hi, thanks for the reply.Yes I think they are heaps better. No dust and they will eventually decompose into the garden (or what is left of it). I find the best part is that it is so easy to lift the manure out as the hulls fall straight through the rake. Much lighter on bad backs! Will have to shop around for prices.

zzahra84
15-04-07, 06:29 AM
I lived in Geelong a couple of years ago and I found all the feed stores to be so much more expensive compared to Werribee. Maybe make a trip to Werribee and get a trailer load of wool packs and save money that way?

athena
15-04-07, 07:28 AM
Hi Guys, can't help with prices as I am in QLD, but just wondering how many wool bales you use when filling up a stable? And management wise, is it the same as sawdust?? i.e. daily pee removal etc

The idea of it breaking down in the manure pile sounds very good to me. Just interested so I can do a price comparison with the sawdust.

Then if it all sounds good, I will have to start looking to see if they sell it up here :-)
Thanks
A

zzahra84
15-04-07, 07:50 AM
From scratch to fill a 12'X 12' stable is two wool packs but that is a big stable.
It is the same management wise, I also find it doesnt compact as much as sawdust so is easier to turn and you seem to waste less as it sifts through the rake if it isnt wet.
It also doesnt need to be as deep as sawdust I find.

athena
15-04-07, 09:40 AM
Thanks for that Jo.
Now I will go a searching...
Cheers
A

mum1
15-04-07, 03:38 PM
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Hi Folks

Thanks for looking at my query. Think I will have a ring around the stockists at Werribee. Was only there last weekend but didnt think of it at the time!

Can definately recommend it Athena - i have dirt floors and still find the smell isnt so bad, just use a little lime if gets a bit too much.

Cheers
Mum1

athena
16-04-07, 12:56 AM
Hi Mum1
I did a google search last night, looking for stockists around Brisbane, and came up with nothing. What else does your supplier sell, so I know the type of business to call??
Ta
A

zzahra84
16-04-07, 02:44 AM
I get mine from Evans Stockfeed on Boundary Road, Tarneit. It runs off Derrimut Road on your right heading out towards the Western Freeway.

mum1
16-04-07, 03:50 PM
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Hi Athena

I have bought them in both NSW and VIC. Always have found them at my local produce/stock feed stores. In NSW I bought them from Robanks at Ebenezer (now called Sydney Equestrian Supplies)in VIC I have bought them from B&S Stockfeeds at Bannockburn and also from Winchelsea Trading at Winchelsea. I think most of the bigger produce stores should have them, we are just fairly limited where I live in VIC which I feel is the reason for the hefty price tags.

Good luck in hunting them down, they really are worth it.

Kylie1968
18-04-07, 03:13 AM
I did some checking and found i can get them here in Healesville, Vic for $48 a bale.....personally i think they are well worth using rather then sawdust