We have wrapped up our testing with swine manure in Mercer County and are pleased to report that our unique ultrafiltration system can remove 94-97% of the phosphorus in swine manure.
For a complete analysis, click here to download the final report.
To our knowledge, Majestic Crossing Dairy just became the only dairy farm in the State of Wisconsin (and maybe the country) to be granted a Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (PDES) permit for a manure treatment system that produces clean water. We are grateful to the DNR and EPA for their hard work in making this possible and we look forward to demonstrating to the dairy industry that it is indeed possible to economically treat manure to produce discharge-quality water.
After working with dairy manure for the last several years, Digested Organics will launch its first pilot with swine manure in collaboration with Mercer County, Ohio next week. Ag Solutions Coordinator Theresa Dirksen helped coordinate plans for the pilot, which will primarily investigate how the ultrafilration (UF) technology we employ can remove phosphorus from swine manure. As shown in the graph below, UF typically removes 97+% of phosphorus from dairy manure and we expect similar performance with swine manure. Normally about 90 gallons of liquid (called UF permeate) with less than 0.2 lbs/1000 gal phosphorus is created for every 100 gallons of manure filtered.
To learn more, read the full article here:
A reporter with the Wisconsin State Farmer recently covered the PDPW Tour of our Integrated Manure Management System at Majestic Crossing Dairy in Sheboygan Falls, WI.
Some highlights from the article include:
“We had been looking at manure treatment systems for years, but we just couldn’t get comfortable with either the technology or the costs involved,” Strauss said. “This seemed like the right fit for our farm. We like the fact that it’s highly automated, has a small footprint and is environmentally sustainable — something that is important to us and to our community”. Strauss said by removing the water they are able to save a lot of money and wear and tear on roads by not hauling water with the nutrients to their fields.
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Governor Walker Addresses Water Quality in Kewaunee County
Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Press Release
Kewaunee – Governor Scott Walker announced he has requested the Public Service Commission (PSC), Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to coordinate resources and draft a Request for Proposal that aligns digester technology to all sizes of dairy farms in environmentally sensitive areas of Wisconsin. The goal of this effort is to alleviate water quality concerns in these areas. Governor Walker made the announcement at the Heritage Farm Site in Kewaunee today to address nutrient management and water quality challenges in Kewaunee County. “Water quality is a top priority for us,” Governor Walker said. “This joint effort is important progress, and we will continue working toward a sustainable solution to ensure our natural resources remain viable for generations to come.”
The state is already addressing recommendations made by the Kewaunee Groundwater Collaboration Workgroup and this joint initiative will be a key step in the effort to make sure Wisconsin’s water resources are safe and healthy for the citizens of the state.
Anaerobic digesters are an innovative approach to addressing groundwater quality issues. When properly scaled and applied, digesters can reduce agricultural runoff and groundwater issues, spur economic development in rural communities, and create a renewable source of energy production in the form of biogas.
The PSC, DATCP, and DNR will work together to make recommendations by December 1, 2016 that propose a tangible private sector response linking the application of digester technology to environmentally-sensitive areas of Wisconsin, specifically areas with high concentrations of dairy cattle. A Request for Proposal laying the groundwork for actionable items should be ready to release publicly in January.
The Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) will showcase six cutting-edge dairies through the PDPW Nutrient Innovation & Dairy Technology Tours, Wednesday, Nov. 9 and Thursday, Nov. 10. We are proud that our Integrated Manure Management System (IMMS) at Majestic Crossing Dairy is one of the tour stops this year!
The chartered bus tour will depart at 9 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. each day from Fox Valley Technical College in Chilton. Fellow dairy farmers looking to grow their business or increase environmental or on-farm management efficiencies will see firsthand the latest innovations and technologies the industry has to offer.
Digested Organics is proud to be a new member of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin. Since 1992, this world class organization of producers, dairy professionals, and other stakeholders from across the nation and beyond has been one of the leading advocates addressing critical industry issues. We look forward to lending our voice to this organization as we try to help the industry find economic and environmentally sustainable solutions to the challenges of manure management.
There was a wonderful crowd and lots of curious visitors at the Sheboygan County “Breakfast on the Farm” this year. Thanks to the Strauss family for making their farm available for this great event!
And a nice collage put together by the County:
On February 23, Digested Organics and Majestic Crossing Dairy hosted WI Dairy Business Association staff and regional members at the farm where they were able to see our Integrated Manure Management System in operation. Chris Maloney, Digested Organic’s COO, led the tour and a Q&A session at the subsequent members luncheon, answering questions and discussing the broader manure management challenges facing the dairy industry today.