DAIRY effluent ponds contain valuable nutrients, organic matter and water.
It is a home-grown fertiliser, and can be used to boost soil condition, plant health and production.
The sludge from the bottom can be spread onto soil or pastures, as it contains nutrients that are readily available to plants while acting as a ‘slow release’ fertiliser.
Tony McGarvey of TF McGarvey Ag Contracting has been involved with cultivation work for well over 30 years.
He offers contracting services in power harrowing, discing, direct drilling, rotary hoeing, mouldboard ploughing, and hay and silage.
He said it made sense to expand back in to effluent and slurry tankers – it was another step in the cultivation services already offered.
“People are recognising that they have home-grown nutrients available,” Tony said.
“It makes sense to utilise what you’ve already got.”
Tony recently added a Joskin 14,000 litre slurry tanker to his contracting business – he already has a 10,000lt tanker.
He chose the Joskin 14,000 litre for its size, easy operation, and exceptionally easy driving.
It has independent suspension, automatic steering, a hydraulic arm, automatic filling arm and heavy duty chassis.
“On this larger scale we can get through the work quickly – the bigger the tanker the more efficient it can be in time and effort.
“I can fill from either side; all I need to do is drive up, the hydraulic arm clicks in to place, it fills up and we’re off – there’s no messing around getting in and out of the tractor.
“We can get in, empty the solids dam, set the calibration and spread it to the farthest paddock if that’s what the farmer wants.”
For more information on TF McGarvey Ag Contracting effluent and slurry spreading services or any of the services offered, contact Tony on 0408 595 544.
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