Manure management: Habasit belts take on a dirty job

Manure management: Habasit belts take on a dirty job

Sometimes the only way to find a solution is to get a little dirty, and as conveyor belts are called for in unexpected places, we will in today’s blog explore a pigsty which is no exception.

There is no doubt, being a pig comes with its own challenges. No fainthearted creature can hope to maintain the hygiene of a muddy home with all its unwanted fumes and fragrances. Perhaps more concerned with cleanliness than one might think, pigs are quite particular in their bathroom practices, always depositing their waste at a distance from where they lie down. Even piglets, only hours after birth, will leave their nest to go find a more appropriate puddle for their toilet.

Although despite the pigs’ best intentions, pork farmers must still face the foul odors and unsavory climate created by their swine. With nearly two billion pigs inhabiting the world, this is no small problem. The pork industry is looking to find ways to improve production through innovative housing, and that is where Habasit comes in. The company is equipped with belts that aren’t afraid of doing a dirty job – even when it means rolling through the muck and the mire.

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StarPlusstal is a new integral, sustainable pigsty which allows more room for the natural behavior of the animals while also extracting valuable minerals from waste product and conserving energy. Through ventilation and the use of Habasit conveyor belts, an optimum climate is created so that the ammonia in the atmosphere is reduced by 70%.

Ammonia is produced when urine and manure are mixed. “We want to prevent this and therefore we try to separate the urine and manure as quickly as possible. For this purpose, we thought of a transport system for collecting the waste that runs below the slatted floor on which the pigs are walking. The manure belt has the shape of a kind of ‘chute’ and the slightly sloped angle makes the urine automatically run into a catch basin. Urine can be perfectly reused since it contains nitrogen which is good for the grassland.”

The belt system transports the manure to a mini-digester. “Pure, solid manure can be transported very well when there is no longer any urine present. It contains 40% more gas than the old manure containing urine. This means that more gas is available for the manure digester and more energy can be generated.”

One of the cooperating partners in the project is Wopereis Staalbouw from Doetinchem, who, among other things, designs and builds sheds for the agricultural sector. “Pigs get more space in the StarPlusstal, both inside and outside,” explains Hans Hutten, the manager of Wopereis Staalbouw. “The entire shed is naturally ventilated and prevents harmful emissions, such as ammonia. In short, no ammonia and no energy wasting extractor system is needed.”

The right belt for breathing easy

发现原来的右带是一个相当困难的工作,据胡腾。“这种带必须是极端不利的影响,如粪便和尿抗性。不过,价格必须是合理的,因为在养猪业的利润率低。”Wopereis联络哈伯斯特和密切合作水果机在线玩接踵而至。“我们共同思考解决方案,最终我们现有的带一亮相,就完美地满足Wopereis的要求,”哈伯斯特客户经理说。水果机在线玩“一个额外的好处是,我们并没有作出额外的产品开发进行大量投资。相反,我们能够投资于与第一裙的测试协助Wopereis。”

通过这样的合作,哈伯西和Wopereis表明,他们并不害怕创新的思水果机在线玩维。胡腾强调,“很明显,这粪解决方案可以在其他鸡舍,如鸡很好地工作。我们还创建了一个小牛棚用相同的皮带。该哈伯斯水果机在线玩特产品显然已经增值到我们的牲畜住房建设主管部门“。

Farmers aren’t the only ones who are happy about this collaboration. One can imagine that pigs are breathing a little easier (and oinking a little louder) with all that fresh air in their pigsty.

2017年10月3日|发布者

Susan Dijkhuizen

Susan Dijkhuizen is a member of the Global Marketing and Communications Team. Her expertise is in online marketing, website development, and social media. She is a native Dutch speaker and fluent in English.

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