Service Bulletin 16-002

Art’s Way Manufacturing releases Service Bulletin 16-002

5300 Forage Box Gearbox

This service bulletin will help with ordering the proper service components for gearboxes on the 5300 Series Forage Box Line.

Service Bulletin 16-002


Properly managing manure will help lower your material handling costs

While farming is a diverse venture in agronomy and husbandry, in a recent article in Progressive Dairyman, author Allen Bonthuis makes the case that more than anything, a farm is a material-handling business.

An Art's Way V-180 manure spreader.

An Art’s Way V-180 manure spreader.

As such, when farmers consider buying a piece of equipment, the author says they should contemplate more than purchase price. They must take into account owning and operating costs, including fuel, tires, real labor required and maintenance.

While there are opportunities to lower material handling costs all around your farm, applying manure to your fields is an important consideration when evaluating overall logistics expense. Manure handling can be a costly and difficult task, yet at the same time it can be a source of return if it is handled efficiently.

But while farmers seek efficient operations and search for cost reducing ways of manure management, their decisions are affected by a large number of interrelated variables. Efficient and profitable use of manure nutrients is influenced by the varying nutrient content of manure, environmental concerns, the range of technologies available for handling and processing manure, and the cost of purchasing and applying commercial fertilizers.

For manure with at least 20 percent solids, a wide spread pattern, excellent breakup of materials and a fast unloading time, a box spreader with vertical beaters an ideal choice for producers who want maximum advantage of the nutrient value of their manure. While the wide spread pattern of this type of spreader allows you to cover more ground, you will still need to determine the nutrient composition of the manure.

Tables of average manure nutrient values are available, but because the nutrient values of the manure will determine the amount of commercial fertilizer required, it is important to know the actual nutrient values. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture maintains a list of manure-testing laboratories in North America that it certifies for reliability and accuracy. For solid manure, it’s best to provide several samples throughout the manure.

After establishing the nutrient value of the manure, also test the soil in the field. Keep in mind the amount of nitrogen the soil will need depends upon the crop that will be planted. Also consider that not all the nutrients in the manure will be immediately available to the plant. In addition, factors such as when during the year the manure is spread and the weather affect the nutrients that are available to plants.

Art’s Way has two box-type manure spreaders with vertical beaters to choose from. The V180 holds 468 cubic feet of material while the V140 can carry 315 cubic feet. Both are very rugged and reliable machines with low maintenance costs.

To meet the growers’ need for managed and increased transparency of manure application, Arts’ Way offers a Digi-Star® NT460 nutrient management system as an option to its V140 and V180 models. Working in tandem with the spreader, the Digi-Star® NT460 system uses on-the-go weight reading combined with travel speed and GPS coordinates to calculate and store the application for any field location.

If your spreader doesn’t have an electronic system like Digi-Star®, you will need to calibrate it. There are numerous articles on line that explain the calibration method.

Realizing that your farm is a material handling business will help you look at overall cost-to-value in a new light. When it comes to manure management, considering all factors, such as machine capacity, spread and overall maintenance expenses as well as the nutritional value of the manure and requirements of your soil, will help improve your profitability.


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Art’s Way Hog Care™ Buildings Meet Biosecurity Protocol

Two of the most devastating viruses to infect the hog population produced in the United States is PEDv and PRRS. Millions of dollars have been spent on research to find ways to eradicate these highly infectious viruses.  The cost of the PRRS virus alone has an economic impact to producers of $560 million a year. Transmission of these viruses come through direct contamination from other pigs and indirect routes through facilities, needles, transport, personnel, fomites, insects and aerosols.

Completely SanitizableThrough the construction of numerous research and agricultural facilities, Art’s Way Scientific* offers the proven experience to design, fabricate and install new facilities or offer modifications to existing facilities that adhere to biosecurity protocols recommended to defend against these types of infection. The study, “Biosecurity protocols for the prevention of spread of porcine reproductive and respiratory virus” by Andrea Pitkin, BS MS, Satoshi Otake, DMV PhD and Scott Dee, DVM MS PhD Dip ACVM of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine highlights the features of containment, sanitization ability, ventilation, and personnel security of an Art’s Way Scientific Hog Care™ building.

Waste Disposal OptionThe buildings offer a clean, sealed, wash down surface, contained waste pit constructed with a hand laid fiberglass resin system, which already address the standard practice recommended by the industry.  Hog Care™ buildings also adopt the “all in all out” method offering a chance to fully sanitize between cycles to break any transmission cycle. Facilities can be designed to include shower in shower out, quarantine, and HEPA filtration systems.

Choose Art’s Way Scientific Hog Care™ buildings for facilities that are biosecure and keep your hogs safe and healthy.


*Art’s Way Scientific is a wholly owned subsidiary of Art’s Way Manufacturing Co.,Inc.


Read PRRS Biosecurity Protocol Study



Feed Biosecurity – What Does It Mean?

As a company who makes feed grinding equipment that can be used to produce rations for hogs, we do have a vested interest in the pork industry.  We find that there are lots of interesting topics that catch our eye.  During the Minnesota Pork Congress 2015, one of the seminars discussed the link between feed and PEDv.  The title of the seminar was “Feed Biosecurity: A New Approach to PEDv Control” immediately caused curiosity.  The seminar related a study that shows a link between the virus and the feed that was ingested by the hogs.  During an emergency outage of feed, three separate hog operations brought feed from an outside mill. Within 1-2 days after delivering feed, clinical signs of PEDv appeared in the hogs fed the feed. Not just a coincidence, the study shows that the feed coming from the mills (3 different mills) carried the virus.

The presenter: Dr. Scott Dee, DVM PhD, Director of Research, Pipestone Veterinary Services indicated that contaminated complete feed has recently been proven as a vehicle for PEDV transmission to pigs. His presentation reviewed these new findings as well as provided insight on how to reduce this risk using a commercially available product (SalCURB) in addition to standard biosecurity protocol.

The question we would like to ask:

If you made your own feed rations onsite with an Art’s Way Portable Grinder Mixer, would it reduce or perhaps eliminate the risk of the transmission of PEDv from outside mills?

Read our Biosecurity brochure featuring the 6530 Grinder Mixer and our Hog Care™ buildings that provide completely sanitizable and climate controlled housing for your hogs.

Read AW Biosecurity Brochure

We have also provided the YouTube video of Dr. Dee’s presentation at the Minnesota Pork Congress 2015



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