Great to have Treena Hein do an editorial in Manure Manager on our HPAB process; an eco-centric solution to better manure management practices. We take and reclaim the shavings and compost the manure buns, where Treena also talks of ManurelInks a local way to reduce manure buns from farm to landscaper. You can read the full article here, and we have posted quotes from the article below on HiPoint.
Saddle up for equine manure management ideas
Made-in-Canada solutions for managing horse manure are doing the trick in areas of high horse population.
BY TREENA HEIN
… Closed-loop horse bedding service HiPoint Agro Bedding based in Guelph Ontario, is busy anticipating building its first three facilities in Canada and the USA; facilities that will receive used horse bedding, separate the bedding from the manure, sterilize and treat the bedding, and send it back to the same farm it came from. The manure will be composted and can then be spread on fields.
The cost of HiPoint’s recycled bedding, says Paul Cross, the firm’s head designer, will be the same as that of quality used shavings sold in the same geographical area.
“As we build facilities under 50 miles of the stalls we are taking from and returning to, the manure hauling and trucking are reduced, reducing emissions and cost,” he explains. “We are seen as the environmental solution to solving a global crisis without asking farms to pay more.”
HiPoint forecasts opening its Florida facility in late 2018. “We can handle 50,000 tons of used wood shavings manure from equestrian stalls per year or handle the manure used bedding from around 3,000 to 4,000 horses,” Cross says. “In our proposed Canadian facilities and additional Californian location that we are preparing to negotiate for the end of 2018, we will handle 35,000 tons each, but it can be ramped up for more.”
Indeed, in horse hotspots like West Palm Beach, Chesapeake Bay, New York, North Carolina, Calgary and Orange County California, managing bedding is a big issue. HiPoint says horse populations in many counties across the U.S. number 20,000 or more, and typically horse bedding/manure is not permitted to be spread on fields because the manure is raw and the shavings don’t break down easily. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and provincial governments in Canada, Cross adds, have also disallowed manure and used shavings to enter landfill sites.
“The only options are burning or composting, and composting, if not treated and covered correctly, could cause environmental hazards to raw crops,” he explains. “Recycling is the most efficient, economical, and environmentally- friendly option, done right. Our process was created to be more energy efficient and have low-to-no emissions output. The small organic fines and manure buns are composted underground with biosecurity measures in place to create a fantastic soil amendment.”
The HiPoint system is proprietary but involves a flat-bed drying unit that uses both heat and steam for sterilization.
There are processes in place to remove all dust. In addition, the bedding is treated with the firm’s proprietary natural aromaceutical, which Cross says makes them “healthier for the horse, the rider and stable hands, which helps heal horses’ hoofs, while being antiviral, antibacterial and anti-mould within the stable environment.”
When asked how many times bedding can be put through the HiPoint recycling process, Cross explains that their process removes smaller fibers that have broken down, to the level desired by each customer. Larger shavings can be reused indefinitely. “By adding a small percentage of new shavings, we can continue to recycle the used bedding,” he says.