Effluent disposal ‘needn’t be costly, time-consuming’
As the new season approached Don Chapman Waikato had four dairy-parlour builds on the go. Which, says company owner/builder Shanan White, is indicative of how consistently busy he has been, even in the face of low payouts He feels this steady stream of work comes from the good name the Chapman Dairies brand has in the region:
“I went to drop a quote off to one client the other day and he gave me the certificate of title. I said ‘What’s this for?’ and he said ‘So that you can apply for the consent’.
“ This was all before he had even seen the quote. That’s the kind of trust we have established with farmers in the area. The product has got a very good reputation as Don has been designing and building dairy parlours since 1967.”
Shanan took over the business – then called Don Chapman Builders – nearly four years ago.
He brought nearly two decades of building experience. And there’s a heap of company experience amongst the staff.
Construction manager Don Fowler – more than 20 years; Geoff Booth, who heads the quantity surveying – 16-plus years; Paul Rassmussen, the longest-serving carpenter – more than 20 years; several foremen – well over 10 years.
“That kind of experience is hard to beat,” says Shanan.
Most of the Morrinsville-based firm’s work is in the Waikato and neighbouring areas. There’s an office and yard in Morrinsville, and the company owns all its own plant and equipment.
Options include both rotary and herringbone milking parlours, yard layout, plant-room design and pipework configuration.
Shanan says the parlours provide high cowflow efficiency, are built with high-quality materials, and are designed for low maintenance and easy cleaning.
Challenging projects are no problem, he says. As an example, a 54-bail rotary built on peat soils near Ngatea involved more than 700 piles, each 10-13 metres long.
The company also builds dairy yards, feeding pads, silage bunkers and feed and fertiliser bins, and does new houses and alterations.
Shanan noted effluent-system regulations tightening for farmers, and completed a Certificate in Farm Dairy-Effluent-System Design and Management through Massey University.
The firm can advise farmers, and design and construct a treatment options.
“Effluent disposal is an important farm activity, but it needn’t to be costly and time-consuming,” says Shanan.
“The correct collection, storage, treatment and distribution of effluent will result in benefits for pasture and the farmer’s pocket.”
He says many systems are available for dealing with effluent, and all have pros and cons:
“Getting the right advice before construction starts is invaluable.”