Scott Gordon

What Happens to Fort Worth Stock Show's 3 Million Pounds of Manure?

Recycling program turns manure into compost

Thirty-thousand animals will fill the barns at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo over the course of the event's 23 days.

They eat a lot and produce a lot of waste – 3.2 million pounds of manure, to be exact.

For publicity director Matt Brockman, it leads to an obvious question.

"What do they do with all that waste created right in the middle of the cultural district?" he said.

The answer: they scoop it up, collect it in big bins and truck it to an Azle company called Mayer Materials.

They store it there for up to three months.

"We line it up in rows, do our yogurt, coffee and tea," said owner Heather Mayer.

That's right, they mix the manure with yogurt, coffee and tea to make the compost.

The exact process is proprietary, she said.

The Stock Show pays the company to take the waste, but it's cheaper than it used to cost to take it to a landfill.

Brockman said the show is proud of the program because in addition to saving money, it's environmentally friendly.

"It really is about the complete cycle," he said.

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