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Manure Injection Catches On In Europe
A new law in Holland that requires farmers to inject all manure below ground level has spurred the development of new injection systems. At least 6 injectors made their debut at the RAI show, including a promising new machine developed by Seltec Ltd.
Distributor Frans Meijer told FARM SHOW the new law, which goes into effect in 1991, is designed to prevent both run-off pollution and the release of gases into the air. "We think similar laws will be passed all over Europe as well as in the U.S. and Canada as protection of the environment becomes a bigger political issue," says Meijer, noting that the Seltec machine was developed by an Irish manufacturer who modified an air seeder from New Zealand.
The injector features a distributor manifold that mounts above the frame. The distributor is fitted with a rotating 35-knife cutter - made out of sickle sections - that breaks up solids coming out of the tank, preventing plug-ups. Large 3-in. flexible hoses carry manure to injectors that mount on spring tines, trailing behind up-front coulters. Meijer says mounting the injectors on spring tines is important. "They vibrate causing dirt to fall back into the slot, sealing it so gasses can't escape. Other injectors mount on solid shanks leaving injected manure exposed to the air."
The Irish manufacturer of the machine, Richard Barber at Seltec Ltd., told FARM SHOW he's looking for a U.S. manufacturer to build and distribute the new manure injector. He's already in touch with Case/ IH and Gehl.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Seltec Ltd., Unit 6, Warren Point Industrial Estate, County Down, BT34 3CA Northern Ireland (ph 0693773452).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #2