The type of feed pad dictates the method of cleaning. Scraping is suitable for compacted earth/gravel surfaces, whereas a concrete pad can be cleaned by scraping and/or hosing or a flood wash system.
Comparison of surfaces for loafing and stand-off areas
|Scraping||Suitable for both earth/gravel and concrete surfaces Cheapest option - low capital cost Less effluent to handle||High labour cost Effluent is more concentrated Tractors may require more cleaning and maintenance||Use a 3m wide scraper blade – it’s quicker Clean 3 to 4 times each week If scraping concrete, consider pre-wetting for a more effective clean|
|Hosing /hydrants||Low capital cost Large volume to handle – it’s more dilute Uses similar amounts of water to flood washing||Not suitable for earth/gravel surfaces High labour cost Produces large volume of dilute effluent||Locate hydrants around the feed pad Take care to avoid splashing feed Hose regularly on concrete – dry manure is hard to shift on concrete|
|Flood washing||Lower labour costs Uses similar amounts of water to hosing/hydrants Can use of-peak electricity to fill tank||High capital costs||Scrap first to manage manure accumulations, this avoids channels forming and meandering of flush water|