Slurry maximises growth
KAISER AG believe they have found a faster, more efficient way to spread effluent on Waikato farms. The Walton-based company are the proud new owners of a Kotte Garant 16,500 litre slurry tanker. German-built, the tanker is fully galvanised, with 650x65 tyres and 30.5 inch rims. A high-flow accelerator pump and eight-inch filling arm allows the tanker to fill in three minutes and unload in four.
Owner David Fitzi said a major benefit was the use of a line boom to spread effluent on to the grass at ground level.
‘‘That way no ammonia is lost into the air – it is absorbed by the leaf, so more nutrients are gathered,’’ he said.
‘‘ You end up with a quality of grass growth.’’
A Houle pump used to stir the effluent pond ensures that the effluent is the right consistency, said Mr Fitzi.
General manager Ian Joule said they first imported two 14,000
higher litre Kotte Garant years ago.
‘‘David went to Europe and did a lot of research about what would be good for New Zealand farmers,’’ he said.
‘‘ We needed a system that would work with different types of soil and grass.
‘‘ We were the first country to import tankers.’’
Farmers would often request the tankers once they saw the improvement to grass growth, said Mr Joule.
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