Dairy farmer Jos Seuntiëns from Knegsel makes odorless fertilizer granules from the manure of his own cows. These grains are good for the environment, ideal for plants and they do not stink.
It took him no less than six years to develop a tailor-made system on his own yard with which he can produce odorless fertilizer granules.
The odorless cow manure pellets are better for the soil than artificial fertilizer, 100 percent natural and are part of a closed cycle. The manure cycle on Seuntiën's own yard starts with the innovative housing system that he owns. The stable has a low-emission Swaans Beton trench floor, and the thick and thin fraction comes together in an underground storage via the manure scraper. This fresh manure is transported from there via a piping system to its own manure processor. For example, the emission of methane is reduced by about half, and because the manure is transported via pipes, there is also no emission to the outside until the manure is processed into granules.
In his manure factory, the thick and thin manure is separated, and then the composting drum enters. It stays there for ten days, which means it also loses its odor. What remains are pellets in the form of sprinkles, which are sold to a growing number of gardeners, garden centers and consumers in the region, under their own brand Ecotop.
In terms of development, Swaans Beton did not sit still either. Swaans Beton has a slotted floor in the program where the thick and thin fraction is already separated directly on the floor, so that even more efficiency can be achieved in terms of manure processing and emissions. This floor type is called the G6 floor and excels in walkability and low ammonia emissions, namely 6 kg / cow / year.