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Hog Floor Panels Used To Drain Liquids From Manure
When the Nooyen family started manufacturing their Tri-Bar steel hog flooring panels in Holland more than 35 years ago, they had no idea that years later they would find an alternative use as “weep walls” to separate manure solids from liquids.
  Normally, 3 panels are set on top of each other in a 6 by 6-ft. opening in the side of a concrete manure basin. Liquids pass through the panels, while solids are retained. No added energy, equipment or labor is needed.
  “We introduced the Weep Wall System into the North American market about 15 years ago,” says Nick van Ray, Nooyen Manufacturing. “The idea of using our panels this way originated with Kansas State University.”
  Nooyen cold rolls round steel rod into the 3/8-in. triangle shapes. These are MIG welded into 6 by 2-ft. panels with 3/8-in. spacing before galvanizing. “We galvanize them in-house to our own specifications. Our Weep Wall systems have a projected life span of 15 years,” says van Ray.
  “Our Weep Wall Systems are being used for manure management in herds from 20 cows to 20,000 cows in more than 17 states, as well as other countries,” says van Ray.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Nooyen Manufacturing, 111 Adena Dr., Mt. Sterling, Ky. 40353 (ph 859 497-4429; sales@nooyenky.com; www.nooyenky.com).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6