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4 Top Benefits of Effluent Pond Stirring

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Why stir?

Never underestimate the importance of giving your effluent pond a good stir!  Along with choosing the right sized pond, with a good, reliable pump, stirring is an important factor that shouldn't be overlooked.

Why?  Stirring is a vital part of the process of creating nutrient-rich effluent that will help you save money and increase pasture yield

Read on for the 4 main benefits of effluent pond stirring...

 

PTO effluent pond stirring
Effluent pond mixing

1. Maintain maximum storage capacity

Mixing the effluent together helps agitate the solids so that they’re broken down and kept in the solution, rather than settling at the bottom of the pond.

If you allow the solids to settle, they build up over time using up the pond’s storage capacity. It's important to maximise capacity as much as possible, especially during winter when there's increased water volume.

 

2. Increased pump service life

Some of the solids in your effluent – such as sand – are very abrasive. Over time, these get into the mechanisms of your pump and wear it down, costing you time and money in pump maintenance.

Stirring the effluent pond creates an even spread of these abrasive materials through the liquid. This cuts back on the amount of abrasive material that will enter your pump and helps to lengthen the pump’s operating life.

 

Electric pond stirrer
Clean effluent pond

3. Keep it tidy

There’s no argument that effluent ponds aren’t exactly a picturesque feature of any farm, but keeping your pond tidy will help make it pleasant for workers and livestock nearby. Stirring stops sludge or crust building up on the surface, and also helps to keep insect populations and odours at bay.

 

4. Create a more even nutrient spread

Nutrients won’t naturally distribute evenly through your effluent pond.  This means when it comes to applying effluent, you’ll end up giving some paddocks a high loading of nutrients, while others get next to nothing.

Stirring distributes the nutrients evenly throughout the effluent, so you’ll have an even application across your whole farm, creating greater returns for your efforts. 

 

Pond stirring benefits

PTO Stirrers

Churn through crust and vegetation with 10x higher performance. Manufactured using the highest-grade steel and galvanised for heavy duty use.

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Electric Stirrers

Superior mixing performance, extremely heavy-duty mounts, easy angle adjustment and 360 degree rotation

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Submersible Stirrers

Got a smaller storage tank with limited access? If your tank is less than 100m3, a submersible mixer is the way to go.

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Solids Separators

When separation is best - you'll need one of these! Choose from passive (weeping wall) or mechanical (screw press/vibration screen)

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Check out the Nevada range!

Stirring is easy with the right pond stirrer for your farm. Nevada has a range of PTO and Electric stirrers to suit different requirements.  Designed for safety and reliability, Nevada stirrers give you the most efficient stirring action possible.  With the well proven Typhoon™ propeller, you’ll be able to achieve a well maintained effluent pond.

We use Nevada Fertigators on rolling country that we are not able to get our travelling irrigator to - and its opened up more areas of my farm. We’ve gone from 50 hectares of effluent irrigable land to 120. Basically it’s covering those hill faces and getting fertility back to where we haven’t had it.

Mike Marshall - Southland Dairy Farmer
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