dairy farm management Articles

  • Dairy farm Oklahoma, USA

    Type of Wastewater System: Facility to Sediment Basin for Solids collection, Sediment Basin to Lagoon for Water collection Expectations: This facility was in need of solid removal from sediment basin as it was to a point of water flow restriction and solid capacity in the sediment basin. The expectation was to liquefy the solids in the sediment basins using microbial ...


    By Roebic Laboratories, Inc.

  • Anaerobic Digestion at Dairy Farms

    The need to upgrade dairy waste management practices to overcome pollution problems is leading more farmers to seek solutions with anaerobic digestion technology. Two recent examples of this trend are underway at California sites. The Cal Poly Dairy is located adjacent to the California Polytechnic State University campus in San Luis Obispo. The dairy milks 180 cows with a total population of ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Farm digesters for small dairies in Vermont

    THROUGH its award-winning Cow Power program, Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS), a Vermont utility headquartered in the city of Rutland, is helping dairy farmers diversify their incomes by turning manure into electricity. The farmers process manure in anaerobic digesters to generate power, which CVPS customers voluntarily pay a premium to purchase. In addition to income from electricity sales, ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Dairy Processor- Wilcox Farms, Salem OR, USA

    The dairy processor manufactures a wide variety of products for the local market. This long established community based business prides itself in good management, manufacturing and citizenship. But when the city wastewater treatment surcharges for TSS and BOD passed $20,000 per month to greater than $30,000 per month, in less than a year, action became necessary. The dairy had been contacted by ...


    By World Water Works, Inc.

  • Dairy Digester Opens Doors On Maryland Farm

    Kilby Inc., a 600-cow dairy operation located in Colora, Maryland, has the only operational commercial anaerobic digestion (AD) system in the state. In 2009, Kilby Inc. (the dairy farm and milk production business) began construction of a covered lagoon digester, which started operating in March 2011. The digester input consists of flushed cow manure (98% by volume) and food waste (2%), including ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Linking Wisconsin dairy and grain farms via manure transfer for corn production

    One relatively under-used manure management strategy employed by dairy farmers is to transport and apply manure onto the fields of nearby grain farmers. While this system offers advantages to both parties, little of the existing research on manure management has been conducted on grain farms. As part of an effort to link grain and livestock farms in southern Wisconsin, 20 on-farm trials were ...

  • Maintenance strategies for on-site water disinfection by ultraviolet lamps on dairy farms

    Bacteria have been detected in many water supplies on dairy farms, and the water used to wash milking equipment should be free of bacteria. This study evaluated two ultraviolet (UV) technologies, with and without automatic sleeve cleaning device, as on-farm water disinfection system. No fouling was observed during 6 months of continuous operation of the self-cleaning UV system. The dose provided ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Florida Dairy Succeeds With AD System

    North Florida dairy with 6,100 mature cows and 5,500 replacements installed anaerobic digestion system that is yielding multiple benefits. Dairy farming in Florida has financial and logistical challenges, including hot, humid summers; high electrical costs; access to fresh water; odor; greenhouse emissions and sandy soil issues. Alliance Dairies in Trenton, Florida has found sustainable ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Farm digester progress in Pennsylvania

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is home to about 7,000 dairy farms with an average herd size of less than 100 cows. While nutrient and odor management are of great importance to these farms, their overall economic viability appears to be the primary factor driving installation of anaerobic digesters over the past few years. “Pennsylvania has 30 dairy digesters and about 5 swine digesters ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Adding Value To On-Farm Digesters

    ANAEROBIC digestion of dairy manure and food processing residuals in Michigan is not a new undertaking. Over the years, 11 farm digesters were constructed in the state, of which four are still operational, reports Michelle Crook of the Michigan Department of Agriculture in a presentation in the spring of 2007. “Three of the operating digesters are for livestock manure and one is for food ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Farm digester evolution in Vermont

    In the fall of 2012, Brian Jones of Joneslan Farm in Hyde Park, Vermont spread the first load of manure that had gone through the farm’s new anaerobic digester. “It didn’t smell at all,” recalls Jones. “And we’ve been told that the nitrogen in the digested manure is more available to the plants we grow.” When the Joneslan Farm digester went on line in ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Composting Food Residuals on the Farm

    A county agency and a farmer in Vermont have teamed up to collect and compost food residuals and other organics. The Rutland County Solid Waste District (RCSWD), which is responsible for managing MSW for 16 cities and towns, began planning the food residuals composting program in December, 1996 with the Rutland Natural Resource Conservation District, one of 14 districts in Vermont that promotes ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions and design of mitigation options: a whole farm approach based on farm management data and mechanistic models

    Agricultural activities are important sources of nitrous oxide (N22O), methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2). They contribute approximately 10% of the total emitted greenhouse gases (GhG) in the European Union. We search for evaluating GhG emissions at the farm level and designing mitigation options. As emissions occur at many stages within the farm operation, it is crucial to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • New manure digester generates heat at World Dairy Expo

    For anyone visiting the World Dairy Expo, there can be a lot to digest. The world's largest dairy trade show begins Tuesday at Alliant Energy Center. Around 65,000 people are expected to attend. There are 752 companies and organizations exhibiting and there will be approximately 3,000 cows on the grounds. There will be 14 cattle shows, eight virtual farm tours and the Badger Dairy Club ...


    By Himark bioGas Inc

  • Dredge Dealer Dairy Specialists Wins Business Ethics Award

    Dairy Specialists, an SRS Crisafulli agricultural dredge dealer for more than two years, was awarded with the Colorado-based CEBA Bill Daniels Business Award in March for conducting every aspect of its business ...


    By SRS Crisafulli, Inc.

  • Factors influencing the conversion to organic farming in Norway

    Determinants of the decision to convert to organic farming methods are examined by applying bivariate analyses and a multinomial logit model to a survey of 1018 Norwegian crop and dairy farmers. The results show that 4% of the conventional respondents plan to convert by 2009, which may imply that the national goal of 10% organically managed area will not be achieved. The analysis indicates that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Cost-Benefit Analyses: Exploring the Economics of On-Farm Composting

    When exploring the merits of on-farm composting, the question most often raised is: What are the economics? How do the savings or revenues from on-farm composting compare to the costs? Of course, the answer is the ever present “it depends.” Expenses, resources, revenue opportunities, environmental constraints and circumstances vary greatly from one farm to the next. Most people would agree that ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Family farms can be competitive by focusing on conservation and stewardship

    While the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports a 40 percent decline in U.S. cropland soil erosion rates from 1982 to 2007, recent trends appear to challenge this progress. Record prices for corn and soybeans have diverted acres out of conservation programs and encouraged intensive production on a wide scale. Tree lines are cleared and wet areas drained, turning 120-acre farms into ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • Soil and Water Benefits: Composting Reduces Fuel and Labor Costs on Family Farms

     Composting Reduces Fuel and Labor Costs on Family Farms Jeff and Pam Riesgraf — who manage a certified organic dairy and crop operation near Jordan, Minnesota — began composting manure from their dairy herd in 1993. They had two major objectives. First, they wanted to reduce weed seeds naturally present in manure. At the same time, they understood the need to protect water quality by ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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