Industries takes the pig out of mud
1 June 2002
We are pleased to recognise Stockyard Industries,
head office in Clifton, Qld as the distributor of the Baleen
filter to the pig industry. Stockyard Industries will solve
an environmental problem that has existed in the pig industry
since its conception.
A pig produces 4 1/2 times more waste than
a human being. Not only is the volume of pig waste an issue
to the farmer, but pig waste is of a ‘liquid based’
consistency and traditionally not easily separated from the
water used to flush the sheds.
Effluent treatment within the pig industry
has traditionally been reliant upon settling processes requiring
expensive excavation activity. Another common issue for farmers
is how to dispose of the waste.
The water cannot be re-used in the piggery,
a farm can only cope with a certain nutrient level added to
the land and the cost to transport effluent off the site and/or
have it treated is prohibitive.
New legislation and regulations set by the
EPA has created a need for improved wastewater management
practices. Local community concerns have also added pressure
to the farmers to ‘clean their act up’. Traditional
settling methods for effluent treatment has reinforced strong
odour concerns for surrounding communities.
Stockyard Industries and Baleen Filters has
proved that the Baleen filter can remove more than 50% of
total solids and more than 90% of settleable solids. The separation
process takes place ‘in-line’, after the sheds
have been flushed. Thus reducing the requirement for large
storage capacity. Early separation of solids reduces BOD and
helps to manage odour.
Solids are collected in a de-watered or spade-able
form. Therefore, transporting solids off-site and/or solids
disposal becomes a lot more cost effective. The filtered water
offers the possibility to be re-used in the piggery or immediately
used for irrigation without an excessively high nutrient content.
If you want more information on the new improved
wastewater management opportunity for the pig industry you
can contact Marcus Jones on (07) 4697 3344 or David Dooley
on 0428 716 769.