Open day to showcase new system to effectively handle sand bedding

A revolutionary dairy cow bedding sand separation system offering multiple economic and environmental benefits to progressive milk producers will be demonstrated at a farm insight day in Somerset on 18th September 2018

The event is being organised by Dutch company Mavasol, worldwide distributor for DariTech equipment, who have installed the UK’s first two DariTech One Shot SRS units near Taunton over the summer and are launching the technology nationwide

Now in use on over 70 large-scale herds across the world, systems are custom-built to integrate with existing farm facilities and infrastructure. The unique design of an internally flighted auger system is proven in its ability to effectively separate sand from slurry, with the capability of 95% clean sand recovery. The system is also designed to allow maximum re-use of water, in some circumstances operating with zero requirement for fresh water; it also provides a range of options regarding the remaining fibre component.

“Sand bedding offers many advantages to progressive milk producers, in terms of udder health and more general cow welfare,” says Klaas de Vries of Mavasol. “In a system where the bedding and water are almost entirely recyclable, sand also has the potential to be the most economic and environmentally sustainable option.

“With the opportunity to recycle over 90% of the sand, we calculate the savings possible in bedding costs will allow a herd of 250 cows to see a return on investment in between two and four years – but that takes no account of any of the potential benefits in udder health, lameness or fertility.

“The One Shot SRS system is not only relevant for those who want to re-use sand for bedding but is also a viable option where the aim is to separate water, for flushing down for example, or extract solids as an easily manageable manure. It is a very versatile system that can meet a wide range of UK dairy farmer requirements.”

Anyone interested in attending the Sand Recovery System Insight Day near Taunton in Somerset on 18th September can sign in at www.mavasol.com

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.