Incinerators: ensuring biosecurity in farms

IGE distribute and maintain incinerators manufactured with multi-layered refractory bricks of the highest quality, with less than 12% porosity, making them the most fuel-efficient incinerators available.

IGE Incineradores Grupo España are dedicated to the distribution of high-quality incineration equipment. We work exclusively with the world leader of incineration, Addfield Environmental Systems. A company with over 35 years of experience in the design and manufacture of incinerators for the livestock sector around the world. IGE and Addfield offer incinerators that are manufactured to the highest quality standards, approved and certified by the UK environment agency and labelled by the CE. At the same time, this equipment complies with the Royal Decrees of Spain that regulate and legislate incineration as a formula for the on-site management of animal carcasses on farms.

What does the term incineration mean?

Incineration is a system regulated and authorised by the CE. Currently in Spain and in parts of Europe, external private companies are in charge of the animal carcasses collection. This is carried out using trucks collecting carcasses from multiple different sites, putting at risk the biosecurity of the farms due to the possible transfer of contaminated carcasses from site to site. When farmers use incineration, there is no need to transfer or store dead carcasses on the farm. Incineration guarantees no risk of contamination as it eliminates storage, bad odours and the attraction of scavenger animals such as rodents. Most importantly, farmers control their own onsite biosecurity.

It has been proven that carcass collection trucks are a true source of disease spread. For this reason, more and more producers are investing in on-site incineration systems to manage mortality on their farms, achieving 100% biosecurity. Biosecurity on farms together with animal welfare are the main topics that are currently being emphasised by the EU, governments of each country and veterinary associations. On-site incineration is a new practice in Spain, mostly because the incineration systems that were offered in Europe did not have enough quality to cover the needs of livestock farmers. As they were made of low-quality refractory materials thin steel casings thus leading to a short non-useful life and excessively high cost.

Modern farms tend to be self-sufficient and an example of this is on-site incineration as an alternative to traditional carcass management systems. With on-site incineration systems, farmers gain autonomy, save money and guarantee their own biosecurity as a result of becoming their own waste managers – they decide when and how much to incinerate and avoid the storage of such carcasses and spread of diseases.

Experience and certification

Addfield manufacture a full agricultural range of specific incinerators for each type of waste, and our incineration equipment is sized according to the specific requirements of each client. Therefore when we recommend an incinerator, we always study the specific needs of the farm. At IGE we consider the following before offering an incineration system:

  1. Type of production: type of waste, poultry, pigs, dairy or aquaculture
  2. Amount of waste: the amount of the animal carcasses produced per week/month/year
  3. Biosecurity Level: influences the mortality rate of the farm
  4. Operation of the farm: determines the frequency of the incinerator use

Having more than 35 years of experience supplying the agriculture industry, our knowledge and know how along with our R&D department at Addfield, means that the lifetime of our incinerators can be up to 30 years. Addfield is the only company in Europe in the incinerator manufacturing sector that offer IP65 certification on their control panel. IP65 rating allows our incinerators to be stored outdoors with total security and guarantee. All of our incinerators are ISO 9001 CE Quality Certified and ISO 14001 CE Environmental Certified.

Currently more than 100 countries have our incineration equipment. Some of the organisations we work with include: World Food Program, UN, WHO, Red Cross, Unicef, AWP, NHS, Scottish sea farms, and Marine Harvest. All of the companies value our reliable incinerators giving them realistic returns on their long-term investment in a high-quality product. In Spain, the main livestock integration companies already work with the incinerators distributed by IGE.

At IGE we are committed to progress and development in the livestock sector, both in Spain and worldwide. Thus, we invest up to 13% of our annual profits in supporting and promoting livestock organisations and veterinary associations from different sectors, with national and international presence (such as ANPROGAPOR, and I+PORC). It is very important for us to make the entire livestock sector aware of the need to improve both biosecurity and animal welfare.

Our incinerators

The Addfield incineration equipment is guaranteed to be of the highest quality, ensuring the farmer gets a realistic return on their long-term investment. It is manufactured with three layers of refractory material, with a thickness of 180mm-220mm, rated at 1450°C, providing the highest efficiency in fuel consumption of any incinerator available on the market today. Our incinerators can operate with diesel, fuel oil, LPG or natural gas.

The equipment has two chambers, a primary chamber where we introduce the animal carcasses and a secondary post-combustion chamber where we purify the gases smoke and smells. These gases are subjected to a retention time of two seconds at a minimum of 850°C, which allows us to operate guaranteeing 0% visible fumes and 0% odours, complying with EU requirements.

Another important aspect to consider is that our Addfield incinerators work with one of the most sophisticated software capable of cooling and cleaning the fumes before they came out from the chimney. With this software we comply with the World Health Organization’s guidelines on air emissions. The burn rate of our incinerators is less than 50 kg/h (classified by the EU as Low Capacity), obtaining on average 1-3% of ashes considered as inorganic waste. The ashes we obtain are free of all types of contamination since viruses and bacteria are destroyed.

Moreover, the use of the best quality European manufactured refractory bricks offers minimum maintenance for our equipment. Then, should damage occur to one brick, this can be removed and replaced without prejudice to the rest of the chamber. This is unlike damage in concrete lined incinerators, with the emergence of cracks and erosion over time, as specialist tools, labour and equipment are required to make repairs which can be very costly to the farmer.

Incineration advantages

There are many advantages of incineration, however special mention must be made of the relationship between incineration and protection against diseases. In view of the presence of different animal diseases, and the progress being made in Europe (such as with African Swine Fever), on-site incineration is gradually increasing with more and more modern thinking farmers moving towards onsite incineration in recent years.

Every month new outbreaks of African Swine Fever emerge. Spreading can be prevented if we reduce the entry and exit of vehicles and personnel from farms to a minimum, avoiding the spread of viruses and contagious pathogens which can produce massive animal deaths. An animal affected by a virus is capable of infecting the whole farm and even after its death, if it is moved to other farms with the collection truck, it can infect a large number of animals.

At IGE we work with enthusiasm day after day to be able to provide the best service to our clients, offering them products of the highest quality capable to improve their biosecurity and the quality of life of their animals.

Isidro Escalante
CEO & Founder
IGE Incineradores Grupo España
+34 947 740 222
+34 630 689 114

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