Home' Otago Southland Farmer : October 5th 2012 Contents 5.10.12 Farmer
are working in your area NOW!!!!
We have constructed some of the
best effluent ponds ever built for
some of the best design engineers.
We have all our own equipment
and can deliver NOW!
Many clients can testify to the
quality of our workmanship
We specialise in ALL aspects
of farm maintenance
PLUS we can also guarantee
Pipe supplied at discount rates
All care taken
A great job at a great price 47
Phone Greg today for a FREE on-farm consultation
0800 4 EARTHWORKS • 027 433 9382
EPS Stirrers come in a
number of different Hp sizes and all of them
are very low kW/Hr, starting at .75kW.
All the bearings are above the water line and are
fitted with auto greasers that grease for 12 months
This pond took
only 12 weeks to
go from crusty
to aerobic and
Meets even the toughest New Zealand Effluent
Has the Most Even Rain Cover over wetted width
in New Zealand by far
Has a Rain Rate of 5mm or less across total
wetted width, not just the centre area. (please
see in the independently proved graph)
--20 --16 --12
Test1 Test2 Test3
just 5 mm applied depth!
PATENT No. 578084
New! ADR 500 Effluent Screening Plant
Take your Effluent Pond from crusty to aerobic
At last: A Travelling Effluent Irrigator...
Call us now to find a distributor and installer in your area www.plucks.co.nz
Main South Road,
COVERED BY N.Z. PATENT
APPLICATION No. 591985
our ADR 500 and
twin pond effluent
system to work with
your current effluent
set ups, keeping your
All plant and pumps very low kW Self cleaning screen Self cleaning ponds
Effluent is clean enough to be pumped into a pivot system if required Screens out everything bigger than 1 mm
The new irrigator
is still backed up by our very tough and well
proven drive system, no blockage mast, booms and
will stay clean, crust
free, sludge free and look
outstanding for good!
from this ...
to this ...
using one of these:
Dwain's Service Centre Limited
7 Northumberland St, TAPANUI,
Ph (03) 204-8455, AH (03) 204-8539 www.dwains.co.nz
The workhorse that beats
everything else in the field.
Can-Am Outlander 4x4 ATV
• Born in Canada
• Two time winner of the Dakar Rally
• Bred to deliver the most power
• Best handling
• Greatest versatility
• Unmatched torque
• Unbeatable performance
• Superior traction
• Superior comfort
© Can-Am is a registered trademark of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc, world leader in recreational powersports brands Evinrude, Johnson, Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo and Can-Am
South Otago Grain Co. Ltd
Farmers --- Did You Know?
Phone: Balclutha (03) 418-1197
AH (03) 418-0511 • Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Nutrition is Essential
for Good Health
Locally owned and operated for over 35 years
Also available . . .
DAIRY RATIONS & CALF PELLETS
• 'Vita Corn' Muesli -- min protein 16%
• Standard Calf Pellets -- min protein 15%
• High Protein Calf Pellets -- min protein 18%
The Magic Roundabout
By COLIN MORRISON
One day back in 1967, Taranaki farmer Merv Hicks was given
just two years by a dairy company inspector to replace his old
four-bail walk-through milking shed.
At the time, Merv was taking part in a Dairy Board
discussion group, part of which entailed visiting
farms, looking at improvements and different
ideas. Many farmers had upgraded from walk
--through to herringbone style sheds and were
complaining of the difficulty with training the cows
on the new system. Merv soon realised that the
problem lay with the individual needs of each cow,
and being able to keep cows separate in a
Merv eventually came up with the idea of milking
cows on a rotating platform where the cows had to
walk straight ahead into the separate bails, when the
milking was finished they would have to back out of
the bail and off the platform.
Merv faced problem after problem, eventually solving
each one with logic. His prototype would include a
fixed breech rail to keep the cows in place. He also
had to work out how to get the milk from the cow
and off the platform. Originally the vacuum pump
and milk pump were in the centre of the platform
powered by a rotary gland which was designed by
the engineering department at the Taranaki Electric
Power Board. Tom Hotter, an old school friend and
engineer, designed the structural side of the cow
shed, including the platform substructure and its
rollers for the princely sum of $3000.
Merv went back to the dairy inspector who pointed
him towards the Ministry of Agriculture, who
accepted Merv's proposal -- but with conditions. The
platform had to undergo a 12 month test, and
signage must be displayed announcing that approval
was being sought for the design.
On 2 September 1969, the platform turned for the
first time. The cows seemed to enjoy it, and adapted
easily to walking on and backing off the slowly
rotating platform. The cows were very well behaved,
each with its own space, and by reaching between
the back legs when attaching the teat cups, the
animal was less likely to kick out. Merv's invention was
soon approved, and slowly the rotary system began
to spread. Five were built in the first year, one even
going to the Ruakura Animal Research Station in
Hamilton. Eventually the platforms were to be built in
the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa
In 1990, Merv sold all the Turn-Style patents to dairy
technology giant Alfa Laval Agri (now DeLaval). The
first Turn-Style was built for 14 cows, but today it is
not unusual to see an 80 or 100 bail platform. The
rotation speed of a platform can be controlled so it
can be changed to suit the season. The average time
to milk a cow is about eight minutes, but it takes
longer in the flush (start of November) and less time
in the autumn.
At the 2004 Dairy Awards national finals in New
Plymouth, Merv's invention won him a Lifetime
Achievement Award for his contribution to dairying.
Links Archive September 21st 2012 October 19th 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page