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January 4, 2011

That's A Load Of Crap!

These past few weeks have offered a good opportunity to get caught up on maintanance of our equipment. Right now we are going over our liquid manure spreader. Our barns can store 400,000 gal at one time, and the hogs produce about 580,000 gal per year.The spreader holds 4200 gal, so we are moving about 140 loads every year. Most is hauled during the fall, but we do raise a little wheat so we have a place to haul some in the summer, as we do not have enough storage to last a full year. The manure is knifed in to reduce odor and increase fertilizer value. The spreader needed new pump bearings, a valve cleaned and adjusted, a keyway on the rotor shaft repaired, and a tire needed a new tube, among a few other minor repairs.

These are some pictures from December 2010 hauling manure:
 We run an agitator pump running when we are hauling - it pumps the manure up thru a hose into the pump and back out the other hose back into the pit.  The purpose of this is to continually be mixing the solid/thicker manure at the bottom of the pit with the liquid towards the top - by mixing we are able to completely empty the pit as the solids are hard to pump out if not mixed with the liquid.
 This is Chris hooking up the hose to fill the spreader - that hose is HEAVY - I threw my back out a few years ago doing this - had to be carried to the truck, my mother-in-law had to take me to the dr., let's just say this isn't a clean job and the drs office was none to pleased with the odor I was emitting - but I will move on........
 These are the pictures that I prefer to use when deducing when the tank is full when filling and empty when applying -
BUT for those so inclined there are also pressure gauges!

 These are on the back of the spreader - the discs open up the ground, the manure is pumped thru the hoses and injected into the ground thru the knives.

 This is what the ground looks like after the spreader has knifed in the manure.

 This was today in the shop working on the spreader.

 This is the inside of the tank!

It's a dirty job - but someone has to do it!


  1. There are a lot of jobs that are cleaner. I can always smell when farmers are knifing in manure.

  2. Your equipment is a lot shinier than ours! ;-) Tall Guy did the same thing yesterday, but with cows it's a bit different. We can put the manure on the ground with a spreader. Our trick is to get the manure warm enough to pick up and spread without the ground getting too soft to put the tractor on. Hate ruts!

    Good news is that the wind was in the right direction :-) Not as big an issue in the cold months, but we do try to take that in to consideration in the warm months. Good neighbor (and spouse) policy!

  3. Haha my husband loved your post! And that doesn't come easy...