A University of Minnesota grad student named Jeff approached Chett, Complex Manager, at our booth at the Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association Convention last December. It started as a simple conversation about the manure spreaders offered by Redwood Metal Works and as Jeff says “it went from there”.
The University of MN Rosemount Research and Outreach Center has roughly 3,000 acres in which to spread the output of around 500 head of cattle. Their current spreader was aged, using old technology and offering a limited capacity for their particular need. The University needed a new manure spreader that would handle the output of mostly beef manure, but they do have turkeys on the property as well. They were looking for one unit that could be used with either bi-product.
The U of M Research Center found that the SB500 Tractor Pull Type Manure Spreader is designed to be versatile enough to utilize one piece of equipment for a variety of applications. The modern technology of the SB500 also included an inset guillotine gate, remote grease banks, 180-degree swivel arm for hydraulic lines, underslung spring suspension, articulating hitch, vertical beater with bottom pan and more. This manure spreader offered the perfect solution to their needs.
When we asked Jeff specifically why our SB500 spreader he responded; “we are big believers in the vertical beater which will give us the correct and even spread”. One of the biggest factors in choosing the SB500 was the new technology of the spreader, offering more spread width and consistent patterns, which will help them with all their spreading needs.
“University of Minnesota purchased a Redwood Metal Works manure spreader to enhance manure nutrient capture and recycling at their crops and livestock operation at Rosemount Research and Outreach Center. The U of M has long recognized the importance of manure nutrients as fertilizer for corn and other crops. This purchase will enable crews operating livestock facilities and crop acres at the Rosemount ROC to remove and apply manure nutrients to various crops raised there in a timely fashion. At a time of increased interest in the value of manure as fertilizer, having the opportunity to both utilize and demonstrate this piece of important ag machinery will contribute to promotion utilization of manure nutrients for corn and other crops.”
– Alfredo DiCostanzo PHD, Professor in Department of Animal Science at University of Minnesota.
We are very proud that the U of M Research Station will be able to utilize a manure spreader that contributes to an educational operation and we look forward to working with the U of M in the future.
Learn more about the SB500 and all it can do for your farming operation too!