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March 1, 2013
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Understanding pump performance curves

Written by Nancy Puck

As we plan a pumping system to move liquid on a farm, we must know what the capabilities of our pump are, and what the friction losses in our system will be.

This is an overview of pump capabilities as detailed on the pump's performance curve.


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Finding the right effluent pump

Written by Dan Huyser 

Dairies have effluent in many places. Manure pits, parlor water, effluent from settling basins and runoff are common sources.   

There are several things to consider when selecting a pump. One of the first is finding a pump that will handle the pressure and head from the effluent lines. The higher the elevation is that the effluent has to be pumped, the higher the head pressure.


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Progressive Events: Midwest Manure Summit

Written by PD Editor Karen Lee

As snow blankets the Midwest, February is a good time to take an in-depth look at how to manage one of the largest materials produced on farms. The Midwest Manure Summit is a biennial event hosted by University of Wisconsin – Extension. It was held Feb. 26 and 27 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.


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2013 World Ag Expo Virtual Farm Tour: Bar 20 Dairy

Video by PD staff

Steve and John Shehadey, owners of Bar 20 Dairy along with one of their managers, Stan Marks, talk about the management of their dairy and the use of a number of technologies to help keep their 6,500-cow dairy running smoothly in Kerman, California.

Click here to see the video.

Click here to read the feature about the Shehadey family and Bar 20 Dairy, published in the Feb. 11, 2013 issue of Progressive Dairyman.

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