Manure pump-outs can be eased
March 27, 2008 by Pro-Act Microbial
Fall has turned to winter and, in
most areas of the US, dairy farmers have completed the oftentimes
laborious task of pumping out their lagoons. But users of Pro-Act
Microbial had a different experience.
Fall has turned to winter and, in most areas of the US, dairy farmers have completed the oftentimes laborious task of pumping out their lagoons. But users of Pro-Act Microbial had a different experience.
Typically, the fall pump-out requires agitating the solids at the bottom in order to remove them. This puts wear and tear on machinery and costs money in fuel and time. But dairies using Pro-Act’s microbial mix find that the microbes have gone to work on those solids at the bottom, making them looser and easier to remove.
“Even at the bottom of the lagoon, I end up with 97 percent liquid,” states Tom Wagner of Wagner Dairy in Middleton, Wisconsin.
In a Pro-Act treated lagoon, different kinds of bacteria work together to liquefy the manure solids and reduce the sludge on the bottom. Customers like Wagner find they do not have to agitate at all when pumping. Pro-Act’s simple system allows farmers to save money at pumping time and beyond, the company says.
“We were running two five-horsepower agitators,” explains Roy Beardsleee of Lottahill Farms Dairy in Troy, Pennsylvania. “Now we’re running two one-horsepower blowers. This made a difference in our electric bill of about $250 month.”
Saving time, money and aggravation when pumping is one of the many benefits dairy farmers have when using Pro-Act Microbial to treat their manure, says the company.
Pro-Act Microbial is a leading supplier of bio-augmentation products, and provides highly effective waste treatment systems for the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) and the aquaculture industry. The Pro-Act system treats and stabilizes animal waste, making it farmer and environmentally friendly by reducing TSS, BOD, viscosity and odor. The treatment system is energy efficient and is said to provide an excellent source for methane collection and nutrient management while transforming animal waste to a gentle, time-released fertilizer.