The Benefits of Manure Separation

The Benefits of Manure Separators

With tight time constraints and even tighter budgets, farmers need to create savings wherever necessary. Manure Separation offers a way to convert a natural (and plentiful) resource into two different mediums, both of which offer cost benefits.

Slurry manure is collected and transported to a reception pit where it is pumped up to a manure separator. The solids are pressed together to separate excess liquid from the heavier material.

The liquids are filtered through a dewatering screen and pumped out the bottom of the separator to a storage area. Separating solids from liquids helps to maximize storage space for manure. Liquids can be stored without crusting and pump easily into Liquid Manure Tankers to be used for fertigation. The important nutrients in the liquid media can be broadcast onto a field and reinvested in the next crops that will grow.

The odorless solids are filtered out through a diaphragm where they can be transported. Depending on the operation, solids can fall into a storage area, or they can be easily transported via conveyor to another area. If a separator is specifically for bedding, the solid materials will be stored in piles until it reaches an optimal temperature to kill bacteria. It can then be dispersed as light, fluffy bedding for cows. For calves and young stock, the bedding can be used immediately after separation. This is called “green bedding”. If bedding isn’t an option, the solids can be used as a natural fertilizer, for compost, or can be sold.

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