Effluent Management

McLanahan offers complete effluent management systems to help dairy producers minimise the challenges of handling effluent through all aspects of the process, from production and storage through treatment and use. McLanahan designs equipment for removing effluent fibers from an effluent stream, creating nutrient-dense material to land apply, and relatively clean process water. McLanahan also offers equipment to separate effluent from sand bedding to allow the sand to be recycled. Regardless of the size of the dairy, McLanahan can provide a effluent management solution that can meet producers’ needs.

Effluent Conveyance

McLanahan offers dairy producers many options when it comes to transporting their effluent from the barn to the collection, storage, treatment, transfer and application sites. McLanahan’s effluent conveying equipment also allow dairy producers to clean out sand settling lanes, fill effluent tankers or spreaders, and stack effluent solids. Each dairy’s individual needs are taken into account as McLanahan designs a effluent conveyance system that will fit their application requirements.

Effluent Separation

McLanahan’s effluent separation solutions gives producers the ability to effectively manage their effluent and nutrients in several ways. Using McLanahan equipment, producers can remove undigested fibers from the dairy’s effluent stream for land application. This also produces relatively clean process water that can be used in flush systems for washing effluent out of barn aisles. McLanahan also offers solutions that allow producers to separate effluent for their sand bedding to create a recycled sand that is suitable for reuse within days.

More About Effluent Management

The average dairy cow can produce more than 100 pounds of effluent per day, which means a large part of a dairy’s daily operations involves handling and managing effluent. Dairy producers must remove this effluent from the barns, either by flushing, scraping or vacuuming systems, and find somewhere to put it all. However, if the effluent 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 effluent.

effluent management ensures dairy producers are capturing, storing, treating and using their effluent in an environmentally sustainable manner. Producers who employ proper effluent storage, handling and application techniques can decrease the environmental risks associated with handling effluent.  

Managing effluent 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, effluent management may reduce the need for producers to buy fertiliser to spread on crops.  

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