The mixture of manure and water that makes up slurry might not be the most aesthetically pleasing concoction, but if you work on a dairy or cattle farm, it makes the perfect free fertiliser for your fields. However, transporting the slurry from your cattle barn to a storage lagoon or to the field where it will be dispersed requires a highly specialised set of equipment and machinery, one of the most important elements being the slurry tanker like those produced by Abbey and distributed by Farmgard. In this blog, we discuss some of the key considerations to factor into your decision when choosing a slurry tanker.
What Function Does a Slurry Tanker Serve?
The slurry tanker is used to move slurry from one place to another on your farm and is usually also used to disperse it across your field using different kinds of spreader attachments. They can range anywhere from 4,000 to 27,000 litre capacity or even more.
Size of the Slurry Tanker
We recommend choosing a slurry tanker that is somewhat larger than you think you’ll need; it’s always better to have too much space than not enough, and the fewer trips you are able to make from one point to the next, the more time, money, and labour you will save. However, you do want to ensure that your tractor will have sufficient HP to pull the tank behind it. A rough guide would be around 100 litres per unit of HP, but you may also need to factor in things like the kinds of breaking axles your tanker comes with as well as the topography of your farm. For instance, if your farm is particularly hilly or uneven, it may be wise to choose a smaller tanker to reduce the risk of the tank rolling over as the liquid inside moves around. Finally, consider the layout of your farm. If you have narrow laneways, gates, etc, it may again
Farmgard’s Slurry Tankers by Abbey
Abbey’s range of slurry tankers begin at a capacity of 4,000 litres with the single axle models. These are made from 6mm high carbon steel with an internally welded tank and pressed dome ends for extra strength. Like all Abbey spreaders, the single axle models feature an inverted splash plate for even spreading.
Tandem Axle Slurry Tankers range from 9,000 to 18,000 litre capacity. They are made using the same high-grade steel and internal welding and also include internal baffles to direct the flow of liquid inside the tank for improved balance and safety. These tankers are also available with a number of optional extras, such as weight-sensing spring drawbar, weight-management system, and auto-fill function that can be activated from the driver’s seat.
The Tri Angle Slurry Tankers from Abbey are our largest models and are available in sizes ranging from 16,000 to 22,000 litre capacity. All of these have the option to include a self-fill function, and they also come with hydraulic brakes and rear brackets to retrofit a specialised applicator.
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