Puck Custom Enterprises is continuing to expand its international presence after partnering with two organizations to bring its manure application and agitation equipment to Serbia. This move marks a step forward for the country’s manure practices, as well as another regional achievement for Iowa-based PCE, which has an international headquarters in Osijek, Croatia.
The dragline system and agitation equipment was co-funded by the Demo Environment Programme, a project of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. This organization focuses on bringing clean, innovative technology with advantages over existing solutions to new areas. The Demo Environment Programme provided a grant to Almex – veterinarska služba, a Serbian farming operation, to support the introduction and demonstration of a new PCE dragline system for manure application and management.
When it was looking for solutions to excessive generation of manure on its pig and cow farms, along with resources on how to apply the quantities effectively, Almex turned to the University of Belgrade’s Cleaner Production Centre within the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy. This program, looking for technology that complied with European Union standards and presented the opportunity for financial savings, connected the company to PCE International. This cooperation resulted in the first implementation of an advanced dragline system and agitation boat in Serbia.
With Almex implementing PCE products and new processes into its operations, including an applicator that injects liquid manure directly into the ground, soil quality is beginning to improve. Puck Custom Enterprises’ agitation boat is also helping the farm with fertilizer, allowing the lagoon to maintain a homogenous mix of nutrients that helps crops thrive.
“We are excited to work with these organizations to bring this technology to Serbia for the first time,” said Jeremy Puck, general manager of Puck Custom Enterprises. “This partnership is revolutionary for manure management and agriculture as a whole in eastern Europe.”
A video covering the project and the goals of the Demo Environment Programme can be found on PCE’s website.