Manure Manager

As the U.S. biomass thermal and power industry continues to expand, new technologies reporting higher efficiency solutions are being introduced.

EOS series biomass gasification boiler

As the U.S. biomass thermal and power industry continues to expand, new technologies reporting higher efficiency solutions are being introduced.

According to Alternative Energy Solutions International (AESI), the new EOS series biomass gasification boiler, designed and built by Uniconfort, is among the most energy efficient of the industry’s high-performance, low-maintenance biomass energy plants. The EOS series provides thermal outputs ranging from 600,000 BTU/hr to 20 million BTU/hr, and can be staged to provide increased capacity.


The EOS series includes high efficiency, wide fuel acceptability, low maintenance, and automatic ignition. Specific features include:

  • High heat exchanger surface and low smoke temperatures
  • Two-part hybrid combustion system
  • Automatic cleaning system
  • Automatic ignition system

The new EOS biomass gasification boilers are available throughout the U.S., Canada, and South America exclusively through AESI and Uniconfort.

Pichon launches Muck Master

French slurry tank manufacturer Pichon recently released a line of manure spreaders called Muck Master. The spreader is available in eight different models that can hold anywhere from 12 to 24 cubic meters of manure.

The new spreader utilizes simple construction: a heavy-duty, narrow box, fully galvanized with large-diameter vertical beaters. According to the company, the beaters provide a uniform and regular spreading pattern, even at high rates and at the end of spreading.

The spreaders are available with various options, including a hydraulic slurry door, in-cab electronic control, one or two side deflectors, a hydraulic chain tensor, and side extensions.

Pichon has more than 40 years’ experience in agriculture machinery construction.

FAN Separator Solidry

Ideal for slurry management of small and medium businesses, the Solidry is a new, small separator being manufactured by FAN, a company of the Bauer Group.

The separator has a simple construction, is available for a reasonable price and has a very compact size.

The system measures only 1.3 meters by 0.7 meters and has a height of one meter. The 420-kilogram machine separates up to 15 meters cubed of substrate in an hour. Farm fertilizer with dry matter content between one and 10 percent can be separated into its liquid and solid fractions.

The core element of the system is the angular positioned auger, which is enclosed by a 360-degree screen. The substrate is filled into the cast iron housing from the side and then pressed to the front by the auger. The liquid fraction is pressed through the screen and can be discharged easily due to the shape of the machine. The solid fraction is moved to the press flange and pressed until it reaches a dry matter content of 20 to 28 percent.

The engine (a three kilowatt electric motor including the gear box) is positioned at the end of the machine and lets the auger rotate with 19 rpm. This concept ensures an energy-efficient separation of farm fertilizer.

The Solidry is suitable for conserving high nutrition content in the solid fraction of the slurry. Furthermore, the volume can be reduced considerably (up to 30 percent of the volume is being separated as solid fraction).

Operators can choose screen slot sizes from 0.25 to one millimeter. The dry matter content of the solid fraction can be regulated by the output regulator valve located at the press flange.

Case IH unveils lineup of equipment

Designed to deliver more power, burn less fuel and meet Tier 4 emissions standards, Case IH has now released a complete family of high-horsepower equipment utilizing Efficient Power technologies.

The introduction of the new Case IH Axial-Flow® 30 Series combines, Patriot® 4430 sprayer and Maxxum® tractors complements the Steiger®, Magnum™ and Puma® tractors that went into service last winter.

“Case IH FPT Selective Catalytic Reduction technology helps meet Tier 4 emissions requirements, but also improves engine responsiveness and can reduce fuel consumption by 10 percent on average,” explains Kyle Russell, senior director of marketing with Case IH North America. “It is, hands-down, the best approach for high-horsepower ag equipment, especially when you consider high load requirements and how important fuel efficiency and maintenance costs are to farmers.”

New additions to the Case IH Efficient Power family, featuring the SCR technology, include:

  • New Case IH Axial-Flow 30 Series combines, designed to improve performance, simplify harvest and minimize fuel consumption.
  • The Patriot 4430 sprayer, which sets the industry standard for power, fuel efficiency, productivity and comfort.
  • The Maxxum tractor lineup, now equipped with enhanced operator controls, fuel-saving engines and more powerful hydraulics to deliver productivity, fuel efficiency and versatility.
  • The Magnum 370 CVT tractor, which is set to debut in late 2012 as the highest horsepower mechanical front-drive (MFD) tractor on the market at 419 maximum boosted engine horsepower.

VDL introduces new poultry manure drying tunnel

VDL Agrotech recently introduced a new manure drying tunnel at the Dutch exhibition Landbouw Vakbeurs in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.

This new industrial drying system dries manure up to 80 percent dry matter content within 72 hours, and contributes to a considerable fine dust reduction of about 70 percent.

Perforated steel plates driven by a railchain transport the manure in the tunnel. Ventilation air from the poultry house is blown through the drying plates and the manure. The plates have a 35 percent perforated opening, allowing a fast drying process. A turning spreader divides the manure evenly on the top layer of the tunnel. At the end of the tunnel, the plate tilts and the manure is dropped to the underlying levels. The manure then moves in the opposite direction. The automatically forced “drop to the next level” system prevents the manure from sticking to the plate.

The Pouldry can be set up at the side or at the end of the poultry house depending the layout of the equipment and building(s). VDL Agrotech also offers consultancy for the best solution concerning placement and positioning of the Pouldry. The current maximum length of the tunnel is 33 meters.

Gehl RS5-19 receives new engine

Gehl, a maker of compact equipment for construction and agriculture applications, recently announced an important engine upgrade on the RS5-19 Telescopic Handler.

The EPA-certified Interim Tier IV Yanmar 68-horsepower (50.7-kilowatt) naturally aspirated engine provides the power needed for demanding jobs, while providing reduced fuel consumption. The upgraded Interim Tier IV engine meets the latest emissions standards.

The Gehl RS5-19 is designed with a compact frame and tight turning radius of 11 feet (3.35 meters), allowing it to maneuver in low buildings and confined job sites. The boom reaches to a height of 19 feet, one inch (5.8 meters) and features a welded box-section design.

Internal wet disc service brakes are standard equipment, for better stopping capability and longer life, along with a SAHR (spring-applied, hydraulic-release) parking brake, which is automatically applied when the engine is shut off, or manually engaged by pressing a rocker switch. This design eliminates the cable stretch and adjustments associated with many other telescopic handlers.

The view from the ROPS/FOPS canopy is a full 360 degrees. An enclosed cab is optional with front and top windows, a door and a heater/defroster for use in areas where operators need protection from the weather. Optional air-conditioning is also available for further climate control.

Two direct mechanical joystick controls for boom and fork tilt functions are standard. A deluxe suspension seat is optional. Users also can add a work light package can also be added.

Engine accessibility is possible with a large, hinged hood on the side of the machine. The hood lifts fully out of the way, allowing plenty of room to access maintenance points, including the battery and oil fill.

Underneath the unit, Gehl has added a bolted belly pan to protect all engine and hydraulic components. A hinged access door provides easy access to the engine oil drain.

Hydraulic flow is up to 22 gallons per minute (83 liters per minute) and optional auxiliary lines are available to power a variety of available attachments, including truss booms, jib booms, buckets and multiple types of carriages and forks. The Dynattach® Quick-Attach System allows quick attachment changes with ease. The hydraulic hoses are routed inside the boom to protect them from jobsite hazards.

ClearSpan announces partnership with AgriLab

ClearSpan Fabric Structures, a division of ESAPCO, recently announced a new partnership with AgriLab Technologies, a company specializing in heat capture and transfer from aerobic composting.

AgriLab’s ISOBAR™ technology moves heated vapor, averaging 120° to 150°F, produced by the composting process across closed-loop, gas-charged tubes to collect and capture the heat. This energy can then be used for various purposes, potentially saving users thousands of dollars a year in propane and diesel fuel costs. The dried-out compost can also be used as bedding, another expense that animal owners can now avoid.

With both energy and fertilizer costs increasing, AgriLab’s technology can play a role in management of most organic materials that need to be recycled, returned to farm soils and diverted from landfills, reducing methane and CO2 emissions. This technology is easy to manage and cost effective to operate. A reliance on compost and its benefits will help lower the carbon footprint of food production globally, while also supporting local economic activity.

AgriLab’s ISOBAR technology allows for heat to be captured in a controlled environment. Compost bays must be covered, which is why the partnership with ClearSpan is key – there is no better way to protect such resources than with a premium fabric-covered building that provides a clear expanse of space and a naturally regulated climate. ClearSpan buildings provide the versatility necessary to maximize the benefits of AgriLab’s ISOBAR systems.


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