Effluent system launched
A new effluent system designed in Matamata could put the farming town on the map in terms of inventiveness after its company launched the product, which will do away with the need for an effluent pond, at the National Fieldays this week.
The Forsi Effluent Recycling System will change current farming practices by eliminating the need for effluent ponds, helping farmers avoid costly compliance fines while also reducing water wastage and waste contamination. Eliminating the effluent pond will mean that less land is wasted, Forsi operations and marketing manager Craig Hawes said.
Less water will be used, which will be good for farmers who are under the Waikato regional plan variation number six for water allocation. Less power will be used to pump out water too.
The Forsi Effluent Recycling System, housed in a 40 foot container for ease of onsite installation, works by taking raw cow effluent through a large sand trap and over the Forsi Slope Screen Separator. From here it enters a suspended solid removal system. It is then polished and sterilised to produce clear, pathogen free water. This water can then be reused to wash down the yard after the next milking, go to the irrigator or go into a waterway.
The solids, which Hawes said would ‘‘look like chocolate mousse’’, are held in a bunker where they compost down. The farmer will eventually be able to either spread it as a fertiliser or mix it into the soil to benefit the crops. This won’t leach or run off so it is not detrimental to the environment.
The new system will be launched this week’s Fieldays at site F30.
Forsi’s new effluent system on a Matamata farm.