DPC 45, Gravity Flow Gutters for Manure Removal in Milking Barns
Item #: DPC-045
This guideline describes the concept and design of gravity flow gutters for manure removal in dairy barns. It provides construction details for length, width and depth of the gutter and for other components such as grates, cross channels and overflow dams. It also gives instructions for proper management of the system.
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Table of Contents:
Figure 1. Side Cross Section of a Gravity Flow Gutter
Figure 2. Stepped Gravity Flow Gutter
Table 1. Gravity Flow Gutter Depth vs. Length for Manure from Milking Cows
Table 2. Step height vs. length for stepped gravity flow gutters
Width of Gutters
Figure 3. Cross Section of Typical Gutter and Grate
Table 3. Slot Size vs. Cattle Age
Figure 4. Manure Transfer to Storage
Flooding of Gutters
Wastage and Deposits
Flies and Odors
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