Interested in upgrading manure facilities? A tour to various manure storage facilities Sept. 3 will help participants get a better idea of what is needed at their own facilities.
From 9 to 9:30 a.m., meet at Marathon City Travel Center BP/McDonalds complex off of Hwy 29.
At 9:45 a.m., the tour begins at On Q Dairy.This waste storage facility was built in 2012. The waste system includes a concrete manure pit where the manure is scraped, and the feedlot runoff is collected. The owner uses sand bedding and will talk about his likes and dislikes with the system.
At 10:45 a.m., visit Zahn Farm. The owner has recently installed a Slurrystore to handle the manure and milk house waste. His farm has many clean water diversions and a barnyard that will be pumped to the Slurrystore. The Zahn farm uses wood chip bedding.
If time allows, the tour will stop at the Agricultural Center of Excellence where participants will see the vertical walled pit and manure transfer system for the 50-cow dairy. They will also discuss the water-stop joints in the pit and the challenges of building on bedrock.
At noon, there will be a chance to pick up lunch at the Marathon City BP travel complex
From 12:15-12:45 p.m., County staff will talk about the permitting process and 590 planning.
At 1 p.m., the tour continues at the Kreager Farm where a barnyard runoff system incorporates a coffin drain that pumps to the concrete vertical walled pit. The owner will discuss the challenges he has with agitating the manure. He will also talk about the addition of parlor water in the system and how it changed the manure management.
The last stop is at Jenks Jerseys at 1:45 p.m. This farm uses sand bedding, and they installed a concrete-lined pit in 2010. The challenges of getting sand through the pipe to the pit without it settling out will also be discussed. Participants will look at a vegetation treatment strip that was constructed to filter an open feedlot.