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Big Drum Composter Breaks Down Carcasses Fast
The Novi-Comp composter turns dead hogs and chickens into safe and sanitary compost in 7 to 10 days. The modular system sets up quickly and operates smoothly on its own.
  “We have a 3 by 10-ft. unit, which is ideal for smaller poultry producers,” says Shawn Compton, Novid. “Our largest is a 5 by 60-ft. unit for large poultry and hog producers.”
  Both units are 2 mos. out in production, which is a sign of growing demand. The natural bacterial process breaks down carbon from wood shavings and nitrogen from the carcasses. Enclosed composting maintains biosecurity during the composting process.
  The Novi-Comp modules are fabricated from stainless steel for both the internal chamber and the exterior shell with 2 in. of polyurethane foam in between. The insulation holds in heat from the composting process to maintain temperatures of 130 to 150 degrees F.
  The modular design allows operators to add to the composter as their operation grows.
  The simple design eliminates belts, chains and most monitoring and maintenance. Even fully loaded, the 1/2 hp. Baldur motor has no problem turning the large drive sprocket that encircles the unit. Two gearboxes reduce revolutions by 2,600:1 to rotate the Novi-Comp in 15 to 20-min. cycles, 6 to 12 times a day.
  “The microbes do all the work,” says Compton. “The operator simply loads the hatch with a 1:1 mix of carbon material and material to be composted.”
  Although the company has focused on poultry and swine producers needs, Compton says the composters are being used for a variety of organic waste, from universities to a farmer’s market to a complex of restaurants in Winnipeg, Man.
  Prices range from $15,000 for the 3 by 10-ft. unit to $100,000 for the 5 by 60-ft. system. An optional bone screener separates out bones that haven’t fully composted.
  “Stainless steel isn’t cheap, but it will last,” says Compton. “We are the only in-vessel composter manufacturer with a 10-year warranty against corrosion of the internal drum.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Novid Inc., 190 Second Ave., Rosenort Industrial Park, Box 101, Rosenort, Man. Canada R0G 1W0 (ph 204 746-6843; info@novid.ca; www.novid.ca).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #3