Using Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS) gear is growing on an annual foundation with the dribble bar being one of many extra frequent LESS strategies.
One frequent criticism many farmers have with spreading their slurry with a dribble bar is that the slurry can generally cake within the strains the place it’s left within the discipline. Some farmers have reported noticing the slurry nonetheless in these strains on the base of the sward at silage reducing time.
Now, an entrepreneurial farmer from Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, has developed a easy, patented gadget that solves the problem of dribble-bar slurry being left in strains.
Stephen McKeown is the mastermind behind the brand new product referred to as ‘Splash It’. The product is a dribble-bar attachment and was formally launched in the marketplace this week.
The video beneath reveals the Splash It gadget in motion on a dribble bar in Co. Antrim:
Talking to Agriland, Stephen stated: “We noticed the issues that have been created by dribble bars as within the strains of slurry being left within the fields and an excessive amount of slurry being deposited within the one space.”
He defined that when the slurry was being deposited in strains on his fields, he observed it was “killing the grass” beneath this space and stated that in dry durations, “the grass was rising and pushing the remaining slurry up together with it and when it got here to silage reducing time, the rakes and harvesters have been all bringing the slurry again into the silo or the spherical bale”.
So, the farmer got here up with an answer.
“We designed and developed just a little product referred to as Splash It which attaches to any dribble bar,” he stated.
“It has two easy bolts that are bolted onto the pipes on the dribble bar. It’s quite simple to suit.”
Stephen stated that the tank within the video above has 40 hoses and he fitted the attachments “in lower than an hour”.
“It’s nonetheless low strain spreading, it would nonetheless meet authorities necessities [for low emission spreading] however it would unfold a extra even coat over the silage discipline,” he stated.
The fabric used to make the product is polypropylene, made utilizing injection moulding.
“It’s a sturdy, exhausting carrying, robust piece of fabric. There’s a little little bit of flex within the product so it gained’t simply break,” he added.