Paddock manure removers, vacuums

calvin
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Paddock manure removers, vacuums

Postby calvin » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:12 pm

Any preferences or comments as to mechanised "poo removers"? There are manure vacuums, and there are machines with bristles or tines (tynes) drawn over the area with a small tractor or ATV. This would be for use on 6 sand paddocks (winter paddocks, no grass) - crusher dust really - used by 16 horses, rotating during the day. Hand picking is time consuming and given production, not terribly effective! Any experiences you are willing to share would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Paddock manure removers, vacuums

Postby kande50 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:03 pm

calvin wrote:Any preferences or comments as to mechanised "poo removers"? There are manure vacuums, and there are machines with bristles or tines (tynes) drawn over the area with a small tractor or ATV. This would be for use on 6 sand paddocks (winter paddocks, no grass) - crusher dust really - used by 16 horses, rotating during the day. Hand picking is time consuming and given production, not terribly effective! Any experiences you are willing to share would be greatly appreciated.


I cut some rubber mats and put them in my york rake so that they stick down about 2 inches further than the bottoms of the tines, and so far, that's what's worked the best for me because I can scrape the pens without digging the rocks and gravel up. It is a heavy york rake though, on a 3pt hitch, so wouldn't work on an atv.

I'll ask my neighbor why she no longer uses the manure vacuum she bought a few years ago. It may have been useless in the winter, and then probably not up to the task of removing a winter's worth of manure in the spring, so the only time it would be of any use would be during the summer when her horses are out on grass?

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Re: Paddock manure removers, vacuums

Postby calvin » Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:48 pm

Thanks Kande - very useful comments. And you are right - winter is a major challenge!

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Re: Paddock manure removers, vacuums

Postby Tarlo Farm » Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:30 pm

Yes, winter could be a problem. Had to chuckle though...back in 1977/78 I worked on a Florida farm owned by Jack Price, owner/trainer of Carry Back, Kentucky Derby winner. Little stallion was still standing at the farm. Jack had vacuums for the stalls and overhead automatic feeders for the barns. VERY high-tech operation for those days!


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