July 28, 2015, Ann Arbor, MI – Digested Organics LLC has begun construction on its first fully Integrated Manure Management System (IMMSTM) at the Majestic Meadows Dairy in Sheboygan Falls, WI.
The IMMS will process 20,000 gallons of manure per day, effectively harvesting energy through biogas generation, concentrating nutrients for more targeted crop use, and reclaiming clean water for farm use and surface water discharge.
Digested Organic’s IMMS is a fully integrated and scalable manure treatment system – combining a high efficiency/low residence time anaerobic digester with a highly automated ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis system that concentrates nutrients into 30 percent of the original manure volume while recovering about 70 percent of the original volume as clean water suitable for drinking water for the animals, washing and flushing on the farm, or direct discharge to local waterways (with the appropriate DNR permit). The IMMS does not use polymers and chemical flocculants to remove solids from manure; instead, it relies on a patented ultrafiltration system that can reliably remove more than 99 percent of the suspended solids and phosphorus. The concentrated nutrients can also be dried or pelletized for easy storage or transport out of the watershed.
“We have been actively working with dairy farmers, county officials, regulators and other Wisconsin stakeholders that have been leading the manure management debate across the State,” said Chris Maloney, Digested Organic’s chief operating officer. “The dairy industry has been looking for commercially proven, operationally robust and cost competitive solutions to manage their manure for years,” Maloney said. “We believe we have an integrated solution that will deliver these key attributes and provide important operational flexibility that will enhance the farm’s overall operation in an environmentally sustainable way.”
“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,” said Dean Strauss, managing partner and co-owner of the Majestic Meadows Dairy. “Digested Organic’s solution is the right fit for our farm, allowing us to concentrate key nutrients for our crops into substantially less volume at a competitive operating cost – that means getting manure trucks off the road and reduced hauling costs. We also 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”.
With more than 24 projects proposed across Wisconsin, Vermont and Michigan, the project at Majestic Meadows is Digested Organic’s first fully integrated commercial facility. The IMMS is expected to be operational by the end of September, just ahead of the World Dairy Expo in Madison. CG Solutions out of Milwaukee is serving as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. The facility will be owned and operated by Majestic Meadows Dairy.