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Description: This image illustrates distributing manure from a side delivery spreader. An apron at the bottom of the spreader moves the load to the front of the box where it is propelled out one side. NAL #4961 illustrates loading this spreader with manure from a cattle pen. Alternative equipment spreads the manure from the rear of the box (NAL #4959 & #4960). Consisting of feces and urine, and usually bedding, animal manure is a valuable source of nutrients for plants. It also 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.