Managing manure

Improve your dairy manure management system (or build a new one) with help from the Guideline for Dairy Manure Management from Barn to Storage from the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES).

The 36-page booklet reviews the costs, risks, savings and operating changes that you may incur when updating or building a new management system. Topics include planning the development or improvement of a manure-handling system; getting technical information and assistance; meeting regulations; alternatives for manure management; options for transferring manure from barn to storage; and manure storage types and storage management. NRAES-108 is available for $8, plus $3.75 shipping and handling. Contact NRAES, Dept. FIN, 152 Riley-Robb Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, 607/255-7654.

New feed mixer

J-Star introduces a new line of large-capacity Oswalt “D” series, truck- mounted or trailered mixers.

The TMR mixers offer capacities from 200 to 575 cu. ft. All feature the company's Dowel Drive system, which strengthens the drive by up to 80%, according to J-Star. The units have a low-profile design for easy loading and also feature long-lasting Tuff-Glide mixing chamber liners.

An optional HaySaw processor is like having hundreds of fingers in the mixer pulling hay apart while rations are being mixed. Maximum mixing loads range from 6,000 to 17,250 lbs., and prices vary, depending on the model. Contact J-Star Ag Div., Dept. FIN, 801 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538, 920/563-5521, www.j-star.com.