Diary Monitoring Articles

  • 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

  • Dairy saves CAPEX on major sustainability project

    Formatank Ltd, UK specialists in GRP tank lining solutions, has successfully refurbished two 20 year old steel storage tanks at First Milk’s Aspatria facility in rural Cumbria, one of the UK’s largest cheese creameries. These works are part of a major sustainability project to produce bio-methane and will be the first dairy processing site in Europe to feed into the gas grid. ...


    By Formatank Limited

  • Application of artificial neural network to model the energy output of dairy farms in Iran

    An artificial neural network (ANN) model was developed to assess the energy input–output prediction in dairy farms of Iran. Data used were culled from 50 randomly selected farms using face to face questionnaire approach. The energy input–output analysis was carried out for the parameters of ANN model. Based on performance measures, single hidden layers with 16 neurons in the hidden ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental input–output analysis of the New Zealand dairy industry

    This work presents data and analysis quantifying the total (direct and indirect) resource use and outputs (products and pollutants) of the New Zealand dairy industry for the year April 1997 to March 1998. It also identifies those sectors supplying the dairy industry which make significant indirect contributions to its total inputs and outputs. Although this data is 14 years old, it is the only ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Data Highlight: Arab Grain Imports Rising Rapidly

    The Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa make up only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet they take in more than 20 percent of the world’s grain exports. Imports to the region have jumped from 30 million tons of grain in 1990 to nearly 70 million tons in 2011. Now imported grain accounts for nearly 60 percent of regional grain consumption. With water scarce, arable ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • On the use of non-negative matrix factorisation to characterise wastewater from dairy processing plants

    A portable field spectrometer was used to record the time-resolved ultraviolet/visible (UV/Vis) spectrum of the effluent stream at two different dairy processing plants (a Drier Plant and Cheese Factory). The spectra exhibited significant variability. As an alternative to the partial least squares regression methods usually used in the online UV/Vis field a non-negative matrix factorisation ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Statistical modelling of the impact of some polyphenols on the efficiency of anaerobic digestion and the co-digestion of the wine distillery wastewater with dairy cattle manure and cheese whey

    The objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of anaerobic digestion in the treatment of polyphenols (PP) present in olive mill wastewater (OMW) and wine distillery wastewater (WDW). Anaerobic Toxicity Assay (ATA) was conducted to assess the impact of the most representative phenolic compounds present in OMW and WDW: catechol, tannins and p-Coumaric acid, on biogas production. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Treatment of farm dairy effluent with hybrid upflow multilayer bioreactor and activated sludge module

    Biological removal of nitrogen and carbon from farm dairy effluent (FDE) was studied with two laboratory-scale systems following nitrification and denitrification processes. Each system consisted of an upflow multilayer bioreactor (UMBR) as a pre-denitrification unit, an aeration tank (AT) as nitrification unit and a secondary clarifier. The optimization of two operational variables, total ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Phosphorus forms in conventional and organic dairy manure identified by solution and solid state P-31 NMR spectroscopy

    Received for publication October 10, 2008. Organic dairy production has increased rapidly in recent years. Organic dairy cows (Bos taurus) generally eat different diets than their conventional counterparts. Although these differences could impact availability, utilization, and cycling of manure nutrients, little such information is available to aid organic dairy farmers in making nutrient and ...

  • Airborne endotoxin concentrations at a large open-lot dairy in Southern Idaho

    Received for publication December 5, 2008. Endotoxins are derived from gram-negative bacteria and are a potential respiratory health risk for animals and humans. To determine the potential for endotoxin transport from a large open-lot dairy, total airborne endotoxin concentrations were determined at an upwind location (background) and five downwind locations on three separate days. The downwind ...

  • Dairy manure compost quality effects on corn silage and soil properties

    Soil nutrients in dairy manure composts vary depending on the original manure or other additives, with consequent effects on crop production. An experiment addressing the effects of single applications of dairy compost of high quality (HQC) or low quality (LQC) at the incorporation rates of 0, 45, and 90 Mg ha-1 on corn (Zea mays L.) silage yields, forage quality, and soil nutrients was conducted ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Soy Milk Manufacturing

    This facility manufacturer Soy based products to include Soy milk and other dairy substitute products. The facility generates wastewater from their manufacturing operations as well as sanitization. The treatment system includes flow equalization for the 80,000 gallons/day, pH adjustment, and dissolved air flotation. The facility is in compliance with the discharge limits, but still pays over ...


    By Integrated Engineers Inc.

  • 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 ...

  • Airborne endotoxin concentrations at a large open-lot dairy in Southern Idaho

    Endotoxins are derived from gram-negative bacteria and are a potential respiratory health risk for animals and humans. To determine the potential for endotoxin transport from a large open-lot dairy, total airborne endotoxin concentrations were determined at an upwind location (background) and five downwind locations on three separate days. The downwind locations were situated at of the edge of ...

  • Phosphorus forms in conventional and organic dairy manure identified by solution and solid state P-31 NMR spectroscopy

    Organic dairy production has increased rapidly in recent years. Organic dairy cows (Bos taurus) generally eat different diets than their conventional counterparts. Although these differences could impact availability, utilization, and cycling of manure nutrients, little such information is available to aid organic dairy farmers in making nutrient and manure management decisions. In this study, we ...

  • 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

  • CAF Failure: www/RESOURCE DAF Success!

    This dairy manufactures fluid milk, dairy-based mixes, yogurts, and juices. For several years, the facility was using a CAF system to treat its wastewater prior to discharge. The system performed inconsistently and operational costs approached $14/1000 gallons treated. The city could not tolerate the inconsistent performance and the dairy couldnot afford the costs to operate the system. Many ...


    By World Water Works, Inc.

  • CH#829 - Municipal Treatment and Dairy Waste

    Background The treatment plant at this midwest city is a well operated facility treating approximately 1 mgd municipal waste from the surrounding community and a high grease load from a local dairy. Over the past several years the publicly owned treatment works has had difficulty producing an excellent quality effluent with respect to BOD 5, and suspended solids. To achieve this level of ...


    By BIO-SYSTEMS International

  • Got Milk? Got Wastewater Too! Treatment of Dairy Processing Wastewater

    ABSTRACTA major dairy processing operation owned and operated by the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) located in central lower Michigan was required to design and construct a process wastewater treatment plant within a 14 month period. The system is sized to treat up to 0.5 MGD of dairy processing wastewater at a biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) concentration up to 1,846 mg/L. Effluent ...

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