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Slurry management in easy steps at LAMMA 2019

January 2, 2019 by  
Filed under News & Business

Slurry can be transformed into an environmentally friendly soil-enhancer in a few easy steps – helping to reduce reliance on artificial fertiliser, says a management guide.

Published by Abbey Machinery, the Slurry Management Guide will be available at LAMMA 2019 alongside the company’s Tandem 4000T and Recess 2250RPP tankers. The two-day event takes place on 8-9 January at the Birmingham NEC.

Slurry should be stored and mixed homogenously to make the most of any available nutrients, says the guide. It should also be correctly transported and accurately applied – whether by inverted splash plate, trailing shoe, disc injectors, band spreaders or other method.

But aerial application of slurry reduces the nitrogen available to the plant and increases ammonia lost to the atmosphere. It is estimated that more than £100m of nitrogen is lost to the atmosphere in this way every year. Placing the slurry where needed significantly improves utilisation.

Flow-control

Abbey now offers flow-control technology to accurately apply precise rates of slurry based on forward speeds. Operators should also make efforts to minimise soil compaction, which impedes productivity, says Abbey.

The 2250 Recess Premium Plus tanker comes with a MEC11000 vacuum pump, sprung drawbar and hydraulic brakes. The 4000 Tandem has a self-steer bogie system, parabolic weight sensing sprung drawbar and auto-load sensing air hydraulic brakes.

Abbey says it is important to apply slurry exactly where needed to maximise its nutrient value and minimise its negative impact on the environment. Using specialist spreading technology is an important and cost-effective way to achieve this, it adds.

The 4000T tanker comes complete with Vogelsang 12m Swing-ups, drop stop technology, hydraulic partial width control and splash plate attachment. The 2250RPP comes complete with 7.5m band spreader. This applicator can also be retro-fitted to existing tankers.

Feed Management

Getting the diet balanced, mixed properly and fed in a timely fashion has profound effects on animal performance, profitability and labour efficiency. Abbey manufactures 19 different diet feeders with a wide variety of feed-out options.

On display will be Abbey’s new class leading VF2450 Plus. This machine boasts an auger 50% thicker than standard models – making it ideal for larger farmers looking to get more from their feeding system.

A new-style exit door empties quicker and more freely, says the company. The feeder includes a tubular top ring to enhance chopping performance in the tub, an improved safety platform and is designed to keep the user further away from the PTO shaft.

Technicians from Abbey Machinery will be on hand to give advice and answer any questions on Stand 12.514 in Hall 12 at LAMMA 2019.

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