> I would like to know about peoples experiences using cooked milk whey for
>composting. Where I live there is a well established cheese making
>tradition, but whey (after extracting something similar t.....
A good starting point is to send raw compost feedstock to a lab for
analysis. From this you get a compost recipe (3 tractor bucket loads
of this, 1 bucket of that, 2 buckets of those).
Farm-Scale Composting Resource List
A few times I have looked up the fertilizer value of whey in response
to queries from farmers. Here's a key article. You may find some
useful data as it relates to compost.
See New Zealand Journal of Dairy Science and Technology article,
"Utilization of Whey as a Fertilizer Replacement for Dairy Pasture."
Of particular interest is Table 1, which contains a chemical analysis
of three kinds of whey: lactic casein, suphuric casein, and cheese;
and Table 2, which lists the approximate amount of plant available
nutrients in kilograms per hectare contained in the recommended
application rate of 40,000 liters/ha.
The New Zealand authors concluded that whey *can* replace
conventional fertilizers in dairy pastures, and provide suggestions
for application equipment and storage pits.
Radford, J.B., D.B. Galpin, and M.F. Parkin. 1986. Utilization of
whey as a fertilizer replacement for dairy pasture. New Zealand
Journal of Dairy Science and Technology. Vol. 21. p. 65-72.
Erlandson, G.W. Smith, T.J. 1980. Whey Utilization in North
Dakota. Agricultural Economics Report - Department of
Agricultural Economics, North Dakota Agricultural
Experiment Station. (138) 24 p.
"All microbial dust is not foo foo, but all foo foo is
microbial dust" eh?
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