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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sand-Laden Manure No Match for Patz Tundra™ Pro Pump

John Lasee uses a Patz Tundra™ Pro Pump 
to handle his herd’s sand-laden manure.
John Lasee has been farming in Sturgeon Bay, WI for as long as he can remember. He is the third generation on the Lasee family farm since his grandfather, Anton Searth, established it in 1913. Since building a new freestall barn in 2001, John has been milking 125 cows and raising over 100 youngstock.

While the average age of a cow on most dairies is less than four years, the average cow in the Lasee herd is over six years old! All dairy farmers aim to keep their cows comfortable, but with an older herd, cow comfort is an even bigger priority. “We breed for high components in our herd. Our fat test runs at 4.2% butterfat and 3.2% protein. Paying attention to details is critical, and one of the keys to cow comfort and longevity is comfortable freestalls bedded with sand,” John said.

Although sand bedding keeps cows comfortable, it can take a toll on manure handling equipment. So when he expanded his manure storage facilities in 2011, John purchased a Patz Model 2016 Tundra™ Pro Hydraulic Pump to handle his sand-laden manure. The pump installation was quick and easy, thanks to his local Patz Dealer, Spartan Construction, Inc. of Luxemburg, WI.

Since the installation, John appreciates how simple manure handling has become and is saving labor because of it. “The pump has a simple, heavy-duty design and low HP requirements. We’ve had absolutely no problems with the Patz pump,” he stated. Clean and healthy, his Holstein herd has an SCC average of 100,000.


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