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Beyond the Bale : December 2013
33 33 ON-FARM December 2013 BEYOND THE BALE If you ask any woolgrower what the task on their property is that they least like doing, then it’s likely clearing out the manure from under the shearing shed will be close to the top of their list. It’s a job that generally only needs doing once every five years or so, but it can be a very unpleasant, dirty, time consuming and laborious job for woolgrowers and their workers. However, woolgrowers do have alternatives to getting on their knees with their shovel and wheelbarrow. A company based at Kandos, 50km south east of Mudgee in NSW, CGB Services has developed an industrial vacuum machine – VacTrax – that is ideal for cleaning manure out from under shearing sheds. Vactrax is powered by a 100 horse power turbo diesel engine with a twin FAST FACTS l Cleaning out the manure from under shearing sheds can be a time consuming and unpleasant job for woolgrowers and their workers. l Industrial vacuum cleaning machines, like VacTrax from CGB Services, are able to suck out manure quicker and much easier than traditional methods. l VacTrax is also suitable for other applications such as cleaning out irrigation and stock wells. Manure sucker is no stinker impeller (20 inch) suction fan. It has a 150mm (6inch) suction hose that the company claims can even suck material up to five inches in diameter 50m in distance. It is not anticipated that woolgrowers will purchase the machine themselves, but rather CGB Services staff can visit wool- growing properties and will clean out the manure for the woolgrower. According to the general manager of CGB Services, Darryl Chadwick, VacTrax was initially designed about seven years ago for use in the NSW coalfields where it proved very successful at being able to collect and remove coal spillage and place coals directly back on conveyor belts – especially in inaccessible locations. “Through this experience, it became apparent that VacTrax had enormous potential for use in a number of other industries including agriculture,” Mr Chadwick explained. “The machine can suction up manure which has built up underneath shearing sheds over time and dump it onto the back of tippers for easy disposal in a paddock or similar place. To remove all the manure from under shed, it can take from two to three hours for a smaller shed up to about six or eight hours for larger sheds. “The manure must be loosely packed, not compressed as a result of having sheep housed underneath the shed. The long suction tube attached to the machines can reach up to 50 metres away from the cleaning machine to reach confined and restricted areas. “VacTrax is also suitable for cleaning water tanks; and dirt, rock and mud from irrigation and stock wells to maximise the amount of available water; and for use in fodder silos. The vacuum hose can be extended up to 30 metres vertically and 50 metres horizontally without compromising suction power.” Although based in NSW, CGB Services regularly travels with VacTrax machines across the country. The machine is trailer mounted – so there’s no delivery or installation fuss for farmers. According to CGB Services, the VacTrax is tough and reliable, able to operate effectively in difficult terrain under all weather conditions without damaging infrastructure or fragile ground surfaces. All CGB Services operatives are inducted to relevant industry standards via accredited training processes. “Farmers already have plenty of tough work to contend with. VacTrax can reduce the time and strain of manual labour, and potential injury, for woolgrowers and their workers,” Mr Chadwick added. More information: For prices and further information, contact CGB Services Pty Ltd on (02) 6379 6431, www.cgbservices.com.au The VacTrax vacuum cleaning machine is able to suck out manure from under shearing sheds quicker and much easier than traditional methods. The long suction tube can extend 50m and reach confined and restricted areas.