More About Effluent Management
The average dairy cow can produce more than 100 pounds of manure per day, which means a large part of a dairy’s daily operations involves handling and managing manure. Dairy producers must remove this manure from the barns, either by flushing, scraping or vacuuming systems, and find somewhere to put it all. However, if the manure is mishandled, it can pose a risk to nearby ground and surface water. Therefore, dairy producers must be sure to follow all environmental regulations when it comes to managing their manure.
Manure management ensures dairy producers are capturing, storing, treating and using their manure in an environmentally sustainable manner. Producers who employ proper manure storage, handling and application techniques can decrease the environmental risks associated with handling manure.
Managing manure is both practically and environmentally beneficial. It improves soil quality, structure and water-holding capacity; protects surface water; reduces the risk of contaminating groundwater or drinking water; protects air quality; and conserves energy. From an economic benefit, manure management may reduce the need for producers to buy fertiliser to spread on crops.
McLanahan offers dairy producers many options when it comes to transporting their manure from the barn to the collection, storage, treatment, transfer and application sites. McLanahan’s manure conveying equipment also allow dairy producers to clean out sand settling lanes, fill manure tankers or spreaders, and stack manure solids. Each dairy’s individual needs are taken into account as McLanahan designs a manure conveyance system that will fit their application requirements.
McLanahan’s manure separation solutions gives producers the ability to effectively manage their manure and nutrients in several ways. Using McLanahan equipment, producers can remove undigested fibres from the dairy’s manure stream for land application. This also produces relatively clean process water that can be used in flush systems for washing manure out of barn aisles. McLanahan also offers solutions that allow producers to separate manure for their sand bedding to create a recycled sand that is suitable for reuse within days.