NEW DISCOVERY: Your pond reveals the state of your Bio-Circle

Even though the effluent pond is the smallest part of the Bio-Circle, it's importance should not be underestimated. The biological activity in a pond and the state of the solids have a direct correlation to every cog in the Bio-Circle.
In other words, by observing a farmer's effluent pond, we can discern what is happening in the soil, feed, and gut of his animals.

For example, when a pond is heavily crusted, it shows that cows are not utilising their feed very well – they're struggling to digest their food efficiently. Poor digestion is a clue that something is not right with the feed quality and the soil composition.

The opposite is also true. Ponds with little or no crust invariably have a lot of good bio-activity in them. That's the result of a properly balanced soil and feeding programme that enables cows to effectively process most of the nutrient-rich food available to them. The food is processed in the gut, the less ends up in the pond as solids.

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You may not know this, but the immediate cause of your pond crust is a type of bacteria in the effluent. These bacteria are anaerobic – they hate light and oxygen. To create dark, oxygen-less conditions, these bacteria separate the effluent fibres and the send them to the surface to form the crust.

How do you counter these bad bacteria? With good bacteria. That's what Slurry Bugs are – helpful bacteria that prefer light and oxygen. To get these conditions, Slurry Bugs eat the pond crust. Literally. Not only do Slurry Bugs remove the crust, they transform the effluent nutrients into organic forms that are easily used by plants. In other words, they liquefy your pond and turn it into an effective, spreadable fertiliser.

To fix your pond without expensive machinery, use Slurry Bugs. Go to www.slurrybugs.co.nz to find out more.

We can fix your pond PERMANENTLY

Dealing with crust-causing pathogens at the site of your pond is one thing. But the long-term economical solution is stopping them at their point of origin. In your soil.

What kind of soil is home to bad bacteria?
A soil that has low pH levels. When you treat your soil with a low pH fertiliser, the pH level of the soil drops. A low soil pH helps pathogens breed since pathogens prefer higher acidity levels.

Here's a key principle: Whatever is in the soil gets transferred: to the grass, to the animals, to the effluent, to the pond. If your soil is dominated by pathogens, it is biologically inevitable that your pond will suffer the same domination. This is why a farmer with a low pH soil will always have problems with crusting in his effluent pond. We see this correlation again and again.

At Forward Farming, we help farmers condition their soils (1) to promote the good biology that grows healthy grass, healthy animals, and full vats (2) to suppress the pathogens that cause disease and pond crust. This isn't a quick fix, but it works.

1M thick crust liquefied by Slurry Bugs: Download the CASE STUDY to read details

Kay, Roger and Marc Feather own Wairango Station, an 806ha dairy farm. To meet strict Regional Council regulations, they built a large effluent pond equipped with special pumps and monitoring equipment. But after two years, the pond crust was out of control. $49,000 of effluent machinery did little to help. That's when the Feathers decided to trial Slurry Bugs...
It's one thing to be told that Slurry Bugs can change a pond. What if you could see it actually happening? This time lapse footage captures the action.

Note how the initial progress seems slow then is followed by rapid change. That's because Slurry Bugs digest the crust from the bottom up. Day and night these good bugs are busy eating and multiplying.

Time Lapse of Slurry Bugs transforming a pond

Watch this video to see how easy it is to use Slurry Bugs

With Slurry Bugs, you don't have to spend loads on machines

Effluent machines are expensive: The conventional way of managing effluent solids is to use machines: machines that separate the solids; machines that break up the solids; machines that stir the solids.
But as every farmer knows, such equipment is very expensive. There's the initial cost of buying the gear. Then there's the ongoing cost of running it. And, of course, there are the inevitable costs of maintaining the machinery. It all adds up.

Ambulance at the bottom of the cliff? The fundamental drawback of these effluent machines is the reactive nature of them. They mostly come into play after the problem has set in – when solids have formed or the crust has developed. As as a cure to these problems, the machines are adequate. But what if you could stop the problem from happening in the first place? As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.
Can you prevent solids from occurring? In the UK, scientists have discovered that crust and sludge are merely the symptoms of the real problem and that the cause of pond solids is microscopic creatures living below the surface These anaerobic bacteria separate the effluent fibres and send them to the surface to form the crust and to the bottom to form the sludge.

Scientists then realised that the way to beat these bacteria was relatively simple: put counteractive bugs into the effluent pond. These corrective micro-organisms are called Aerobic Bacteria – Slurry Bugs.

How do Slurry Bugs work?
Slurry Bugs digest effluent fibre. It's their food. And if sufficient numbers of Slurry Bugs are in a pond eating the effluent fibre, the raw materials needed by the bad bugs to make the crust are removed. That means no solids can develop.

More than that, Slurry Bugs convert unstable Nitrogen into a form that plants can uptake. That turns your effluent into a better liquefied fertiliser. Before you buy effluent machines call 0800 4 SLURRYBUGS (0800 4 758779) or learn more at the Slurry Bugs website: www.slurrybugs.co.nz
 

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