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July 4, 2013  by Manure Manager

Photo courtesy of Sharon Kauk.

Jul. 4, 2013, Guelph, Ont. – Tour day at this summer’s North American Manure Expo is August 20, 2013, providing attendees an opportunity to view an on-farm anaerobic digester in operation, evaluate the latest in manure pit agitation technology and visit an Ontario-based manufacturer of manure management machinery.

This summer, on Aug. 20 and 21, 2013, the North American Manure Expo is being hosted north of the U.S. border for the first time ever, held at the University of Guelph’s Arkell Research Station, located minutes from Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

The theme of the 2013 event is “Getting It Right: Precision manure application.”


August 20 starts off early with a pump school, sponsored by Puck Custom Enterprises, running from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Arkell Research Station. The school – themed “PCE Pump School 101 Short Course: Fundamentals of Planning a Dragline System” – will educate attendees on understanding pump performance curves and calculating friction loss.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., buses will begin loading at Arkell for the tour portion of the day, which is sponsored by Husky Farm Equipment. Boxed lunches and refreshments will be provided to registered attendees.

The first stop on the tour will be Clovermead Farms, a Drayton-area dairy farm operated by the Whale family. The 475-acre farm features an anaerobic digester, designed by Stonecrest Engineering, that powers a 275-kilowatt generator, installed by European Power Systems Ltd. The digester is fed with dairy manure and off-farm organic materials.

The next segment of the tour will feature manure pit agitation demonstrations at two different dairies – one that uses straw as bedding and another that uses sand. Tour attendees will be visiting both farms.

The next tour stop will be Husky Farm Equipment’s manufacturing location in Alma, Ont. There, attendees will be provided with a behind-the-scenes tour of the operation, which produces manure application and management machinery.

The final stop will be the Alma Community Centre where an exhibitor appreciation dinner is being held.

Buses will return to the Arkell Research Station at around 7:30 p.m.

Attendance is free for the tour but pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, visit


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