Slurry max­imises growth

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By NI­COLA STE­WART

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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