Established in 1994 by John and Linda Sigrist and their son Tim, Bull Country Compost has expanded over the years into a rewarding family business that supplies Northeast Ohio with a high quality all natural compost for a multitude of gardening, lawn, and landscaping needs. Due to the increased demand for compost as more homeowners realize the value of an organic rich fertilizer on gardens and lawns, Bull Country Compost has grown into one of the largest Class III family owned and operated composting facilities in Northeast Ohio.
Located on the family’s 300-acre farm in Dundee, Bull Country Compost was started as a way to repurpose excess manure from the more than 200 head of dairy cows and heifers on the farm. Their initial adventures in composting were a series of experiments. Factors such as the type of manure, the composting process and facilities, and the weather are all factors that impact the final product. Today, the composting operation consists of 8 composting vessels, 3 curing sheds, a bagging shed, and 7 employees.
Although John sold the dairy cows in 2013, he continues to raise heifers on the farm, which contributes about 10% of the manure for the composting process. The remainder of the manure is trucked in from nearby dairy and horse farms at the rate of about 100 tons of manure per week. Bull Country’s compost has a high nutrient profile because it contains 100% animal manure. Many other brands often have a high percentage of fillers in their products thereby reducing the compost’s nutrient quality.
To make compost, the manure is placed in the composting vessel for 6-8 weeks where it reaches a temperature of at least 150 degrees for more than 72 hours to kill weed seeds and other pathogens that may be in the manure. The compost is moved to the curing sheds for 6-8 months where the nutrients stabilize to the final composted product. The compost is screened to prevent clumps and either bagged or placed in piles for bulk sale. Using retrofitted ("farmer-engineered") auger equipment, 4 employees can bag and stack 24 tons of compost in five hours, which computes to a 40-pound bag every 15 seconds.