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Description: This image illustrates loading a rear end spreader with manure from a cattle pen in the barn in the background. Towed by a tractor to a field for spreading, an apron at the bottom of the spreader moves the load to the rear of the box where beaters spread the manure as illustrated in NAL #4960. Alternative equipment spreads the manure from the side of the box (NAL #4961 & #4962). Consisting of feces and urine, and usually bedding, animal manure is a valuable source of nutrients for plants. It improves organic matter content of the soil. Plowing or disking the soil soon after spreading the manure optimizes capture of manure nutrients and minimizes pollution from volatilization and/or runoff of manure nutrients.