A few months back I asked our local sheriffs department for a load of manure.
When I got there they told me to pull up to a huge pile. They had a front end loader and when they scooped it out a lot of steam came out, which looked really good.
When I got home to unload it I realized it was a small percentage of horse manure vs sawdust.
So I went to a stable and got a good bit and mixed it in. It heated up for a while during the winter and now it's cooled off even if I mix it. I think when the temps go up perhaps it will start cooking. I noticed the balls of manure get dark black. I mixed in a great deal of fresh manure in early December
had I known it was sawdust I would have passed since it's going to take sometime to breakdown and compost. With a 500:1 ratio I wonder how long it's going to take to compost.