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Case Studies - Environmental

The project listed here are a snapshot of what we have done over the years, projects are listed in year order, latest ones first, older ones last.

A snap shot of a project may give you a quick way to establish if any of our make farming ezy product solutions would work for you. We can also put you in contact with the farmer related to the project if you feel its beneficial to have a chat.


Recycling Nutrients saves having to buy fertilisersEcobag can come in various shapes and sizes from 1000 Cube to 15000 CubeDigging started Dec 2020, 3.5 meters deep 45 X 45 meter  squareStraps tiedLifting in of the 8 ton EcobagInflation and installation of man holesAfter tie down of straps we have a look inside see if all aligned properlyAfter check we deflate the systemJob done
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8000 Cube Ecobag Nutrient Capture and Re Use


Largest totally enclosed effluent system in NZ 

Year Completed: 2021

Location:

Otautau 

Objective:

To store all cowhouse effluent over winter and early spring and ability to use this on farm as natural fertliser and organic matter. Wageningen (NL) research indicated cowhouse effluent means 50% of nutrients are available straight away, the other 50% is slow release. Soil carbons in the form of organic matter is build up over time.  

Solution:

8000 Cube enclosed Ecobag Nutrient capture and storage system. This system is fully approved by the Southland Regional council. A new standard in non crusting, none smelling storage is now set. 


Instalation completed Feb 2021

 

Earthworks in full progressDungbuster on farm for reduced water usageOverview of site and farm with Ecobag earthworks in foregroundEcobag placed and secured, now inflate and tie downInstall CompleteMixer ready to be placed insideFirst fill August 2020Ecobag 50 % full, no smell, no crusting
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2000 Cube Ecobag Nutrient Capture 

Year Completed: 2020

Location:

Te Poi

Objective:

To store nutrients for beneficial seasonal determined use for Maize and pasture potential.  Flood wash to feed pad utilizing existing pump and collection pond feed pad.

Solution:

Ecobag 2000 cube totally contained effluent nutrient storage. Existing Dungbuster yard washing system in place for reduced shed water usage and time savings.

Client Testimonial:

Its been great this spring, nothing to worry about which means we been able to concentrate on calving. With all nutrients ready to be used for more grass growth later in spring 

 

View across to the boundaryFrom sump to Flexitank Round and syphon back to pump to paddock when weather permits
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Effluent Storage

Year Completed: 2020

Location:

Te Awamutu 

Objective:

This farm is close to houses and requires gentle management to ensure farmers and neighbours can live in Harmony. The farmer was not interested in digging a hole and have this close his house either. 

Solution:

500 Cube Flexitank Round on carved out platform so no visual barrier to the house and no smell for farm and residents allike . Simple and clean.... we make farming ezy 

 

End resultFarm view from airDay 2 work mostly doneGeotextile and roll out seen from air day 1 PlacementEarthworks all go
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Ecobag 1000 Cube

Year Completed: 2020

Location: Whakatane

Objective:

Create a sustainable long term solution for capturing nutrients and re using these efficiently on farm

Solution:

Enclosed effluent storage system, using existing sump and pump for distribution to pasture. Ecobag drain to sump allows for longer term storage and use effluent when appropriate and beneficial to pasture

 

Perfect site preparations, nice sand bad and fully fenced offPlacement of Flextitank Round in centre of site, lift off for roll outRoll outFirst stage of roll outAll set with outlets and valvesOverview, lay flat to centre manhole and inlet, PTO pump to outlet with return line for circular mixingOverview of total system
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Flexitank Round 1000 Cube

Year Completed: 2020

Location: Te Poi

Objective:

Provide additional storage for nutrients for use at times beneficial to the farm system. PTO pump to pump further way to paddocks not having benefitted from Effluent applications in the past

Solution:

Flexitank Round 1000 Cube placed below the Dairy for gravity feed to storage. PTO pump directly connected to the Flexitank Round to pump to further away paddocks

 

System near full spring 20201400 Cube effluent ready for irrigation to pasture
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Effluent Storage for Hybrid Farm

Year Completed: 2019

Location:

Ohaupo

Objective:

Extra storage on small strip of non-utilised land next to dairy housing.

Solution:

Customised Flexitank with rounded ends and narrow width.

 

Valves and related fittings at sump end End result and layout Center Manhole 1200 by 1200 mm  and large centre Inlet Arrival on site and lift to Center 10 Am Roll out, bike and few people to sort 1.5 Hours
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Flexitank Round™ 1000 Cube

Year Completed: 2019

Location: Cambridge Road Ohaupo

Objective:

Effluent storage which would use a piece of unused land and ideally would use all existing infrastructure ( sump and pump)

Solution:

Flexitank Round 1000 Cube bladder close to dairy and existing sump interconnecting with existing pump

 

Embankment preparationEcobag rolled out ready for inflation for placement and securing to embankmentGeneral overview
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Effluent storage high rainfall area 

Year Completed: 2018

Location:

Mamakus Tauranga/Rotorua 

Objective:

To provide 2000 Cube storage for new dairy in high rain fall area.


Open pond system would require double the storage and significant more pumping cost 

Solution:

2000 Cube totally enclosed ECOBAG nutrient capture system 

Client Testimonial:

Available on request 

 

Embankment preparationEcobag rolled out ready for inflation for placement and securing to embankmentGeneral overview
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Effluent storage high rainfall area 

Year Completed: 2018

Location:

Mamakus Tauranga/Rotorua 

Objective:

To provide 2000 Cube storage for new dairy in high rain fall area.


Open pond system would require double the storage and significant more pumping cost 

Solution:

2000 Cube totally enclosed ECOBAG nutrient capture system 

Client Testimonial:

ze: 14px; font-family: verdana, sans-serif;>Inside listening to the rain falling with the knowledge that it will not be filling up the Ecobag with fresh water that I have to pump out.

ze: 14px; font-family: verdana, sans-serif;>Maintenance of the Ecobag in two years is almost none. some weed spraying around the edge to keep place looking smart.

ze: 14px; font-family: verdana, sans-serif;>The major benefit of the Ecobag in our high rainfall area ( over 3 m /year) is reduction of surface rainfall collected. I our case over 2 m l /year would fall on an equivalent pond which has to be pumped. We would fill an conventional pond over twice per year with rain water.

ze: 14px; font-family: verdana, sans-serif;>We spraying the stored effluent onto pasture during summer/ autumn period, ensuring the bag is empty by the end of the season. Having our 2 milion L  bag empty at the start of the spring season is great, we can just store effluent until ground is dryer and staff have more time to irrigate. By the way we have never even looked like filling the bag, max it has been is around the 75-80% full.     

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ze: 14px; font-family: verdana, sans-serif;>Several of the staff have young children which like to play on the farm. Ride bikes on the concrete yard moving to motor bikes etc. We have confidence with the Ecobag there is no danger to the youngsters. 

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ze: 14px; font-family: verdana, sans-serif;>Being a forestry conversion farm we can see the benefits of the nutrients from the effluent. We have not done any work on if there is any more saving of nutrients I.E. nitrogen from less gas losses. 

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ze: 14px; font-family: verdana, sans-serif;>In summary. Over the last two years minimal maintenance, significant reduction in volume pumped due to no rainwater, Staff can empty when calving pressure is reduced and finally but most significant is the improved safety.    

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ze: 14px; font-family: verdana, sans-serif;>Kind Regards

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Lachlan McKenzie
289 Kapukapu Road
RD6 Rotorua
3096
Mobile: +64 21 382 442



 

Greenwash collection tankGreenwash DungbusterCollection from concrete racesEcobag all effluent syphoned to collectionCollection sump at back end of yard and feed pad
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Effluent Storage In High Rainfall Area 

Year Completed: 2018

Location:

Okato (Taranaki) 

Objective:

This new diary development is in a high rainfall area on the slopes of the mountain. 3.5 meters of rain would make any open pond obsolete before the cows are milked. Greenwash was also a desireable environmental responsible choice to be incorporated. 

Solution:

Closed Effluent storage 3000 Cube with Ecobag, Greenwash dungbuster in the yard. 

 

Dungbuster Greenwash dual core at workNice clean yard saving many hours of work and water
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Greenwash Dungbuster

Year Completed: 2016

Location: Morrinsville ( David Sing)

Objective:

To utilise greenwash water from bio digester

Solution:

Greenwash Dual core Dungbuster™ system for both greenwash and clean wash when required

 

The large concrete lined pond and stirrers placed strategicallyLevel changes allow for full pond mixing to occur
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Stirring 12000 Cube of Cowhouse Effluent 

Year Completed: 2013

Location:

Leeston 

Objective:

12000 Cube of effluent is a lot of effluent in any ones terms, but when it contains high solids its even more challenging. Storing requirements for up to 7 months and maintaining an homeginised consistancy for pumping and dribble boom distribtion 

Solution:

3 times 22 Kw Eisele High Performance Stirrers strategically placed and with ability to change level height of stirring so all levels of the pond can be stirred and mixed properly  

Client Testimonial:

Available on request, as of Dec 2020 the stirrers have not been touched for maintenance other then oil changes.