He added: “Sand-bedding definitely has its health advantages for our cows; less lameness, less need for anti-biotics, and in general, less dust, but you need to engage with a company who has the right kit and a proper understanding of how to handle what is a difficult, abrasive slurry.”
Landia worked closely with Woodhey Hall Farm to emphasise the need to keep the sand-laden slurry moving as quickly as possible and whilst as fresh as possible.
Paul Davies from Landia commented: “When a reception pit is too large, and the sand-laden slurry too spread out, a pump can easily become overwhelmed because the second stage of the process becomes far too heavy with sand. It becomes almost as if trying to pump sandpaper, which not surprisingly, is very damaging to the pump.
“To make the system as efficient as possible, we installed our pump vertically, so as to minimise the contact made between the sand and the pump, though for sand applications, we always supply our units with hardened components. The need for spare parts is inevitable in this application, but it is possible to minimise wear and protect against abrasion for as long as possible.”
Paul Robinson from Woodhey Hall Farm, continued: “The Landia pump just hasn’t stopped since its installation – and we know we can call on them for advice if we need it, so it is good to have back-up. We’ve made significant savings, and overall, everything is much easier to handle.”