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Jono Frew, Dairy Farmer - South Otago

Stability Was A Concern For Jono

Stability Was A Concern For Jono

When Jono took over management of the family farm a few changes needed to be made. He’d trained as a mechanic and had recently been working for a contractor who had been cleaning out one of the effluent ponds and spreading with a tanker. Having a good understanding of the value of having a slurry tanker to spread when and where they need, Jono decided it was time the farm had one of its own.

This 1100 cow dairy farm is deep in South Otago featuring rolling hills and 3 effluent ponds. Milking 700 cows, the first 2 ponds are dedicated to the cow shed with the 3rd storing effluent from a feed pad used for calving. Pumping systems are used for the main effluent ponds to spread through travelling irrigators, and the contractor had previously emptied out the third pond to spread over the hills.

With his mechanical background, and experience using several other brands of slurry tanker Jono is quite the discerning buyer…

‘This [Nevada slurry tanker] looked like the best value for money. I liked the RainWave™ applicator, and it’s better to be dealing directly with the importers with more specialist knowledge.’  

Jono got in touch with Nevada and requested an on-site meeting ASAP. Lloyd was confident a Nevada slurry tanker could easily handle the rolling hills and suggested that with the number of cows and size of his tractor Jono could handle a bigger slurry tanker than the 14,700L he had in mind should he want to.

Jono Frew Nevada Slurry Tanker

‘I felt comfortable with a 14,700L. I’ve used a few different tankers before and any bigger and they haven’t been stable over the hills.’

Jono Frew Nevada Slurry Tanker

So the decision to invest in a 14,700L Nevada slurry tanker was made right then and there. The slurry tanker needed to be ordered in so took a few months to arrive, but now that it has, Jono was quick to analyse its performance…

‘This machine spreads faster and more accurately [than others I’ve used]. The cycle time is much faster than I’d thought. It doesn’t rip up the tracks like others have.’

And how does it perform over the rolling hills?

‘I’m really impressed with the stability over the hills. We might even look at upgrading to a bigger size in a few years!’

Our Nevada electric pond mixer easily disperses any crust build-up and creates a whirlpool and gets the whole pond moving so the crust can't form again. Our pond is as clear as a lake now.

Cameron Johnston, Taranaki Dairy Farmer

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