African Swine Fever has continued to affect global pig farming since its return to mainstream attention in 2019. Crossing continents and impacting pig farmers in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas alike. In many instances, farmers have been left overwhelmed. In some instances they have been able to use individual site incinerators when installed to reduce visitors and prevent the risks to their livestock. However, when a catastrophe has struck and entire herds have been culled a new problem arises.
What happens when your fallen stock levels multiply overnight?
The challenge here lies in the average farmer being able to handle increased numbers of fallen stock. Occasionally, they will already have an incinerator available such as the SB or the TB to manage their average requirements but are unable to cope with the demand caused by a large outbreak.
As recognised in the UK since the 1980’s the only safe way to dispose of infected livestock is through appropriate and controlled incineration, achieving temperatures sufficient to remove all traces of the virus and releasing only cleaned gasses back into the environment. Removing the risks to the surrounding areas that burial and open burning poses.
This is where our latest project showcases an innovative approach to such a problem. The Rapid 1000, coming in at close to 9 metres in length and with the capacity to dispose of up to one tonne of waste an hour which roughly equates to 10 full-sized pig carcasses every hour and able to be in operation for 16 hours a day. This throughput is essential when dealing with animals that are potentially diseased and not fit for human consumption as speed of disposal is paramount to halt infection from spreading.
This project currently in production for delivery to Asia late in 2021 is to be installed on the back of a flatbed lorry. Providing the ultimate mobile solution, able to be used for emergency operation, travelling to sites of outbreaks and mass cullings. Whilst operating from a semi-permanent location for the majority of the time.
While not in mobile operation this machine will be established at the local port and set to manage fallen stock from multiple incoming sources. Protecting the biosecurity alongside providing a reliable solution to neighbouring farmers and local islands which do not have their own incineration facilities available.
The Rapid 1000 has proven to be the ideal solution for providing a central incineration facility for many remotely connected islands such as across the Asian and Indonesian regions. Establishing shortened journey times between sites and removing the need to export or even dump waste which has previously happened.
This installation is looking to be a fantastic development in the fight against African Swine fever and a massive step towards biosecurity for many farmers in the region.