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Business Profile: Courtland Waste Handling, Inc.

10 Sep 2023

Courtland Waste Handling, Inc. was started in 1995 in the small town of Courtland, Minnesota. Originally owned by Mike Dauer, Courtland Waste Handling’s primary business was the sales and service of liquid manure handling equipment that is used in farm and livestock operations.

In July of 2006 Mike’s son Chris Dauer and business partner Mark Guggisberg purchased Courtland Waste Handling. Chris grew up work­ing side-by-side with his father, gaining invaluable experience, in the family business since he was 13-years-old. Mark grew up on a dairy farm, and once returning from his service in the U.S. Air Force, ran his own dairy farm for four years. Mark sold the dairy cattle when he started a metal fabrication business. His 13 years with the fabrication venture has given him extensive back­ground that aids in the design and installation of the off-loader systems that Courtland sells for semi-tanker trailers.

Courtland is an authorized Houle – GEA Farms Technologies, Calumet, and Bazooka Farmstar equipment dealer and service center. Through these manufac­turers, Courtland is able to provide the end users the means to properly collect, separate, pump, transport, and incorporate liq­uid manure onto their fields and pastures.



Courtland recognized that several local farms were begin­ning to transport liquid manure to fields further away from their operation. Tractors and liquid spreaders are built to work in the field, but are not very efficient when it comes to trans­porting the manure long distances.

Courtland began to modify existing semi-tanker trailers to allow farmers or custom haulers to transport the liquid manure longer distances. Courtland Waste began experimenting with install­ing hydraulic driven pumps to operate a manure pump on the trailers. They wanted to have a way to pump the manure through a pipe that was mounted to the trailer. This pipe, or boom, can be hydraulically controlled.

Now many of Courtland’s tanker trailers are custom fitted with their Off-Loader System. Customers can chose the standard 6” system or the high flow 8” system. Each system is powered by hydraulics that is supplied by a wet kit from the semi-tractor pulling the tanker. Does your semi-truck not have a wet kit? No worries the ser­vice staff at Courtland can install those too.

Do you have a special need or an “out of the box” problem? The sales department at Courtland has experience with custom projects and they have the capability of designing and fabricating custom pump systems for tanker trailers to meet almost any need. They can also perform a full frame rebuild on your existing trailer.

To complete Courtland’s already diverse line of equip­ment they began buying and selling used day cab trucks. Many farm operations use semi-trucks as their primary power units to pull their grain, fertilizer, water, and now their manure tanker trailers. In 2013 Courtland brought on a salesman to take care of their semi-truck sales. But not just any salesman, Chris and Mark wanted someone who truly understood the trucks. So they hired a truck mechanic that had over 30 years of experience working on and operat­ing the type of trucks they sell.


At Courtland they understand that the success of their busi­ness relies on the success of yours. It is with this understanding that they provide exceptional equipment servicing, because a piece of equipment is only as good as the support available for it. They are very proud to say that they service all equipment and brands that they sell. Knowledgeable and trained personnel are ready and willing to take care of your needs.

For more information about Courtland Waste Handling visit or call (507) 359-4230.


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