THE IDEAL SOLUTION FOR EFFLUENT SYSTEMS

Choose a SmartShelters shelter solution, and streamline your effluent system and management.

A cow’s trash is a farmer’s treasure. Far from a waste product, dairy effluent is a valuable resource which, when cleverly managed, can seriously reduce fertiliser costs, while simultaneously increasing pasture production. A normal dairy cow produces $25 worth of nutrients per annum, meaning a herd of 400 could take $10,000 off your annual fertiliser bill if effluent is properly managed.

A good effluent management system starts at the source. It is vital that you ensure your agri-shelter – whether a feed pad, a stand off pad, a wintering/loafing shelter or a free stall shelter – is equipped to properly manage the waste that it will inevitably be presented with. And at SmartShelter we have 100 years of experience in doing just that, offering effluent management systems, strategies and advice that will ensure you don’t waste the waste, and instead capitalise on it.

MAXIMISE THE REDISTRIBUTION OF EFFLUENT NUTRIENTS

A good effluent system will consider the following factors:

  • Location and design, from livestock shelter to effluent storage and redistribution
  • Efficiency and effectiveness in dealing with effluent
  • Ease of ongoing management
  • Human/animal safety around effluent storage areas
  • Compliance with relevant standards and regulations
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DAIRY EFFLUENT SOLUTIONS

Working with you to create an effluent management plan

There are a number of effluent management strategies employed by New Zealand dairy farmers today. You will need to take a large number of factors into account if you are to create an effective management plan, so two plans rarely look the same. One of the simplest and most effective effluent management options is a SmartShelters composting barn. In a composting barn, an aerobic system of ‘good bugs’ composts the effluent, keeping the bedding dry and your herd healthy. And once the bedding is taken out, it can be used as a nutrient-rich fertiliser.

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TOUGH MATERIALS FOR LONG LIFESPAN

You have peace of mind with the SmartShelters’ 12-year limited warranty against product faults.

We use only the highest quality components to ensure that your shelter stands up to the conditions. SmartShelters structures are engineered to AS/NZS 1170.2:2011 and are rated to withstand wind and snow conditions. By using structural-grade Supergal galvanised steel framing and tough Ripstop roof covers we have built up a reputation for extremely high quality and long-lasting structures.

TESTIMONALS

Smartshelters played a critical role in the recent project to gather information about the Alpine Fault – New Zealand’s biggest earthquake threat.

Alpine Drilling Completed Project by SmartShelters NZ, Alpine Drilling Project

THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION EMPLOYED SMARTSHELTERS TO CREATE A HELICOPTER HANGAR AND ACCOMMODATION SHELTERS FOR USE IN THE MOUSE ERADICATION PROJECT IN THE WILD ANTIPODES ISLANDS. CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO ON LOCATION.

Antipodes Completed Project by SmartShelters NZ, Department of Conservation
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All good effluent management systems will have the same goal – to maximise the redistribution of effluent nutrients on pasture, while minimising any adverse environmental effects.

By providing animals with clean, dry bedding, composting barns help to improve herd health, and open up the possibility and enhance the productivity of winter milking. A SmartShelters composting barn can be used for:

  • Wintering dry cows
  • Housing winter milkers
  • As a stand-off for cows through wet springs and autumns
  • For summer heat stress relief 

Composting barns aside, Dairy NZ has a wealth of materials that go into further detail on the different dairy effluent solutions available, and how to develop a management plan that will suit your specific set of circumstances, so it’s wise to check out their library of resources for more information.

How do you spread effluent? 

Depending on your effluent management process, your effluent may come out as a solid, sludge or liquid, and the strategies you use to apply the effluent to your pasture will depend on the state that the matter is in. Liquid effluent may be able to be applied with an irrigation system, while solid effluent may need specialist machinery to be effectively spread. Hiring an effluent contractor is a common practice amongst New Zealand dairy farmers.

Unsure about how much effluent to spread? Effective nutrient loadings can be easily calculated with the help of a simple spreadsheet.

What are the risks when applying effluent on my farm?

The most common risk for dairy farmers is spreading too much effluent. This occurrence can negatively affect your property for the long term, by killing pasture, polluting waterways and groundwater, and wasting a valuable resource. Using a calculator such as the one listed above will help to ensure your pastures don’t get too much of a good thing.

Other risks relating to effluent application include:

  • Not applying enough effluent
  • Applying effluent to waterlogged soil, which can’t absorb it and will leave it sitting on top
  • Applying your effluent near a water supply (application must occur a minimum of 50m away from water sources)
  • Allowing spray drift to get into nearby streams and waterways

Boasting a team backed by 100 years of experience, and working with the finest materials available, at SmartShelters we’re able to rapidly design and construct agri-shelters with effluent management in mind, and can provide advice on the best effluent strategy for your situation, enabling you to work smarter, sooner.

Contact a member of our experienced team today to discuss a truly smart shelter solution for your property.