Shane Handy of Thompson's Station, Tennessee became an instant believer in the new Schweiss portable horse manure conveyer. It was only purchased about a month ago and now gets daily use at The Jaeckle Centre Equine Facility located about 30 miles south of Nashville.
Billed as the South's Premiere Equine Facility for sport horses of all disciplines, Jaeckle Centre boards approximately 60 horses or more at times in its premium quality 12' x 12' stalls and additional 12 inside groom stalls. You can bet that with that many horses, it takes a lot of work to keep stalls clean.
"We started investigating conveyors and ran across the Schweiss Motorized Manure Conveyor. We have six or seven stall cleaners who clean anywhere from 7 to 12 in the morning and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. They just continuously run in the morning and then go back through and mildly pick stalls again," said Handy.
What Handy likes most about conveyor is the convenience of it and wondered why anybody waited this long to come up with this conveyor idea.
It was a lot of work forking manure and piling it up - it just killed their backs. Now once we get to the conveyor compared to rolling it up on a long ramp to the wagon, it has probably cut our time in half and the physicality part is 90 percent less once you get it to the dump station. The mucking time (in the stalls) is about the same, but we were mucking it out to a wheelbarrow and then wheelbarrowing it out. I'd give it thumbs up all around. Anybody who does this for a living knows the physicality of it - what the conveyor does is unreal," said Handy.
The new Schweiss portable horse manure conveyor/elevator is a perfect way to speed up and take the tedious, backbreaking work out of transferring manure from horse stalls to a larger holding unit. It eliminates the need of handling manure multiple times and reassures that your dumpster will be filled to the brim.
"We've got some girls who work here too, and we were looking for ways to make the job of mucking less stressful for our employees. Before we got the hydraulic manure conveyor, you'd have to fork it up into a pile toward the front of the 6 ft. x 16 ft. dump wagon with 6 ft. walls so you'd get as much room as you could on the dump trailer. We'd pretty much fill two to three of those a day. Now you just roll it up a small ramp and dump it into the conveyor. The top of the rail is probably nine foot, it will lift higher than that. Other than that, it's done," added Handy.
The hydraulic cylinders will raise the conveyer up to 16 ft. high. When shoveling by hand, you can't possibly load your holding unit or dumpster as efficiently as with the Schweiss Manure Conveyor. You actually get more material into the dumpster without having to crawl in the dumpster to re-level the load.
By popular demand, Schweiss has also engineered an electric manure hauler that makes mucking your horse stalls and transporting it to the pile or conveyor with ease. The hauler, resembling an electric motorized wheelbarrow has a tub that raises up to unload manure contents. It was designed to dump the load directly onto the Schweiss manure conveyor or your dumpsite with the push of a button. It is compact enough to wheel directly into your horse stall.
To find out more about the Schweiss Manure Conveyor or Electric Shit Hauler, call 507-426-8273 or go to http://autumnschweisseventing.com/manure-handling.php
Jaeckle Centre is the South's Premiere Equine Facility for sport horses of all disciplines. Their state-of-the-art facility provides Equine and Rider Training and Conditioning Programs. Their Equine Performax Veterinary and Rehabilitation Therapy Services Center specializes in injury prevention, lameness diagnostics, innovative treatment protocols and rehabilitation therapy for performance maximization of sport horses. The Equine Performax Veterinary Clinic and Surgery Center and Therapy Services Center is equipped with the most current technology and equipment used for treatment of injuries.
The Jaeckle Centre, which opened in 2006, has quickly become a popular location for a variety of equestrian clinics with top clinicians including Betsy Steiner, Geoff Teall, Karen Healey, Ralph Hill and Lendon Gray. They also host events such as the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, Trent William Celebrity Roping and The Celebrity Barn Dance.
The facility and staff provide superior personalized care for their clients' horses with a completely gated facility with 24-hour on-site professional management. An Olympic-size, climate-controlled indoor arena devoted to rider and equine training and conditioning is equipped with state-of-the-art footing to reduce joint and musculoskeletal stress during training.
Two show-quality outdoor riding/warm up arenas have state-of-the-art footing and one specifically has Western footing. Fifty-five premium quality 12' x 12' stalls with ¾" rubber mat floors over concrete and hygienic stainless-steel automatic waterers with monitor gauges ensure adequate hydration. In addition to that there are 12 inside groom stalls/wash racks with hot and cold water and six semi-private temperature-controlled tack rooms with sink areas for cleaning tack. A well-appointed lounge and viewing area to the indoor arena. Rubber mat floors on inside walkways provide a non-slip surface to keep horses and people safe.
The Jaeckle Centre has a full-rated hunter/jumper show schedule throughout the year for clients or one of their professional riders to show. Equine training is available for horses that need the attention of our qualified trainers. It's tailored for all horses that need to be schooled and exercised when a rider cannot always be consistent due to unforeseen life circumstances.
Jaeckle Centre has 90-plus acres of prime pasture with individualized paddocks for safe turnout and five miles of beautiful wooded trails with rolling hills perfect for keeping horses fit. It is also a place where you can buy quality Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, retired racehorses and ponies.
- Shane Handy
The Jaeckle Centre
Thompson's Station, Tennessee
The new Schweiss portable horse manure conveyor/elevator is a perfect way to speed up and take the tedious/backbreaking work out of transferring manure to larger holding units.
This portable conveyor is built to speed up this tiresome chore by eliminating the need of handling manure multiple times to get it into your dumpster/spreader outside the horsebarn. Not only does it speed up the operation but the conveyor reassures that your dumpster will be filled to the brim!
Otherwise you start out by cleaning the horse stalls; first by filling up the wheelbarrow and rolling it to the end of the horsebarn out to a dumpster up a small ramp into the dumpster and dumping the load. After a few loads you have to reshovel the manure within the dumpster making the pile higher to make more room until the dumpster doors have to be closed.
Once the dumpster's back doors are closed there's still more space available in the dumpster to make sure you are filling the dumpster to the top; now there's more reshoveling to do! You then begin by dumping the full load of manure on the ground near the dumpster and reshovel the manure up over the sides into the dumpster; its a good workout!
When the dumpster is nearly full, you then crawl on top of the dumpster and shovel the manure higher up by hand to make even more room. Imagine standing on a load of shit reorganizing the load just to make sure the dumpster is plumb full so you get your monies worth!
When shoveling by hand you can't possibly load it as efficiently as you can with the manure conveyor/ elevator. You actually get more material into the dumpster without having to crawl in the dumpster to re-level the load to make more room to stretch more days of storage use out of your container.
Whether you are inclining up a steep bank or moving material across level ground, down a slope, or below-grade excavating with your wheelbarrow, you can get the manure into a dumpster of some sort with the portable conveyor system that offers a unique safe solution for a difficult job.
"Moving horse manure can be very labor intensive and a waste of time and energy where better constructive time can be spent grooming, riding or training a horse," said Mike Schweiss. "Anybody who uses the elevator for the first time will be sold on it immediately."
By popular demand, Schweiss has engineered an electric manure hauler that makes mucking your horse stalls and transporting it the pile with ease. The hauler was designed to dump the load directly on to the Schweiss manure conveyor with the push of a button.
People who own horses or cattle know the importance of dry bedding. Moisture accumulating in your bedding storage shed can lead to mold and mildew resulting in spoilage of expensive bedding that has to be thrown out. Vets and equine professionals agree that horses in stables need a good covering of at least 6 to 8 inches of bedding across the whole stable floor. This depth of bedding should be provided on all stable floors, including rubber matting. The right depth of bedding will help to cushion joints - especially hocks - when your horse is lying down or rolling.
Autumn Schweiss of Ocala, Florida estimated that 25 cubic yards of standard wood shaving bedding for her horses costs her $370. For years she had a tarp covering her open bedding shed that didn't provide adequate protection from the elements.
"Up until a year ago, before we installed a "hydraulic cover" over our bedding storage shed, I would have to spend a couple hundred dollars to replace the tarp every year that it spent the summer out in the sun, wind and rain. You can buy the best tarp in the world and it's not going to last very long. The indestructible hydraulic cover is virtually labor less - you just press the button and the hydraulic roof cover goes up; press the button and it goes down.
"The hydraulic roof is easy to use and saves you money and labor. It protects the bedding with no need to cover the bedding with tarps or having to throw weights on top of tarps to keep them from blowing around ... it pays for itself in the product that you save," said Schweiss.
Her three-sided bedding shed, capable of holding 30 square yards of bedding, is constructed of wood 2x6s measuring 15 ft. x 14 ft. with a closed door opening of 6 ft. The shed is anchored to a concrete slab. One hydraulic cylinder is all that is needed to lift and lower the roof cover. The only time you need to raise the roof is when you receive your next load of shavings! The hydraulic pump and opening switch are mounted conveniently in a box directly behind the bedding shed.
"Hands down, we aren't losing bedding like we used to. If the shavings got wet or damp and you didn't have the ability to lay it out in the sun to dry or place it in an empty stall with fans to dry it out, it would get black and moldy and end up wasting bedding," explained Schweiss.
The hydraulic roof cover is high enough when closed for you to be able to walk into the shavings bin and load your wheelbarrow without bending over. The roof can also be lifted to any height for easier loading and unloading of any type bedding consisting of shavings, pellets, chips or sawdust.
Essentially, it is also easier to reload the shavings into the open front of the shed. Just raise the roof up and out of the way and back the truck in to unload. The hydraulic bedding shed cover can be custom-made to fit any size wood, concrete, steel or cinder block bedding shed. A remote opener is also available.