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Stan Dravistki, Dairy Farmer - South Taranaki

Stan’s Effluent System Needed The Extra Resource

Stan’s Effluent System Needed The Extra Resource

There’s been quite a few changes on Stan Dravitski’s dairy farm as it’s evolved over the years, and he’s become an expert at adapting and finding new uses for old infrastructure. His old effluent management system has served him well over the years, but Stan could see it has reached its capacity and needed a helping hand.

Located in Stratford, South Taranaki, Stan Dravitski’s farm stretches over flat to rolling land. A new cow shed has been built, with the old shed now being used for calving and stock yards. Effluent from the new shed runs into a sump which is then pumped out to a Cobra travelling rain gun. Excess effluent is pumped into a Permastore® glass-fused-to-steel tank when needed. The old shed is connected to two holding ponds which Stan would get contractors in to empty.

Understandably Stan had plenty of storage, and plenty of effluent nutrients available, but the irrigator system could only pump so much over a limited area.

‘The nutrients were getting wasted just sitting there until we got a contractor to come and empty the ponds. We needed to upgrade our system to spread over hills and other parts of the farm the irrigator can’t get to.’

So they contacted Nevada about a slurry tanker.

‘We’ve seen the Nevada slurry tankers in action and liked how they are well built and easy to tow so any of the staff can jump in and take a load out when we can.’

A 12,800L tandem axle was an ideal size for their needs, so they ordered one and the rest is history!

‘It’s been a great investment. Just what we needed. Staff love it, and any of them can use it. We’ve cut right back on synthetic ferts, and don’t need to get the contractors in to clean out the ponds.’

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Once we get in there and set up, we stir, pump, spread it [effluent], and go.

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