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Manure Tank Made From Concrete
If you've been eyeing those new steel tank manure slurry systems, you may want to take a look at something different - a concrete tank that. reportedly has all the convenience of a steel system for less than half the price.
"We'll build them however the farmer needs them," says Bill Setterlund, of Wieser Concrete Products, Maiden Rock, Wis. "Concrete tanks can be in or out of the ground, and they can be filled by scraping, with piston pumps or by chopper pumps from collection pits."
In-ground tanks are agitated and pumped out with open pit pumps. Above-ground tanks use a high capacity side-wall pump.
Wieser's tank consists of precast curved concrete panels that measure 10 by 5 ft., or 8 by 12 ft. The ribbed panels are 8 in. thick at the ribs and 2 in. in between. The tanks are waterproofed with tar rope sandwiched between panel sections.
The company's first concrete tank was installed on a farm near Plum City, Wis. It's 60 ft. across, has 10-ft. sides, holds 202,000 gal. of slurry, and cost about $12,000, installed.
"We put up the walls and pour a floor. There's no fixed, expensive agitator in the center," explains Setterlund. "If built partially or totally underground, you don't need to reinforce the sides. Above ground, cables are wrapped around the structure for strength."
Concrete tanks are available as small as 45 ft. in dia., and as large as 90 ft., with sizes in between. Larger tanks are built from 8 by 12 ft. panels. A 90 ft. dia. model sells for $16,000.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wieser Concrete Products, Inc., Rt. 2, Maiden Rock, Wis. 54750 (ph 715 647-2311).

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