How Many Farming Operations Have Manure Composting Technology on Their Farm Improvement Plan?

Manure composting technology has proven economic and  environmental advantages.  XACT Systems’ Manure Composting Technology — The BioReactor is proving to be a wise choice by farmers in all animal farming operations including dairy, beef, horse, poultry and fish.  How many farmers think that composting manure is a good manure management strategy?  If so, how many farms are now using manure composting technology?

manure composting technology

Viewed here from the in-feed end, this BioReactor is composting dewatered dairy manure in just 4 days.

Economic Advantages of XACT’s Manure Composting Technology:

Environmental Advantages of XACT’s Manure Composting Technology:

1700 Cow Dairy Composts Dewatered Manure for Bedding

The XACT BioReactor on this dairy operation is 10’ diameter by 60’ long. It has to turn 45 to 50 tons of dewatered cow manure 240 times per day, 365 days per year.  After taking a look at the robust mechanical characteristics of the XACT BioReactor drum and the heavy duty drive system, this dairy operation was confident in the ability of the XACT system to handle the staggering weights of waste material to be processed daily. Check out all the specs for the BioReactor by clicking on xactsystemscomposting.com/bioreactor/.

Dewatered cow manure is fed into the vessel by a conveyor. Because the infeed opening is located in the upper quadrant of the stationary infeed end, the BioReactor can be filled to 70% capacity. Remarkably, a 7.5 hp variable speed drive turns the BioReactor and its load.

After a 4-day retention period in the vessel, the discharged compost is taken back to the barn to be used as bedding for the herd. Upon discharge the compost is pathogen free, weed seed free, insect larvae free, and odorless. At this point the compost is about 50% moisture, and therefore as it gets blown into the stalls there is minimal airborne dust. Most importantly, the cows love it as it provides exceptional comfort.

Please share your thoughts about composting manure.  Many thanks, D.

 

In-Vessel Composting System is Put Through Its Paces and Performs Well

Our In-Vessel Composting System Is Being Put Through Its Paces and Performs Well

XACT’s in-vessel composting system is being put to the test in a pilot project using various solid organic materials and amendments.  One of the tests included small animal/bird mortalities as a feedstock.  Recently, one of the superb composts produced used the following feedstocks:

Composting food waste and other organic solid waste with the Compact BioReactor.

In-Vessel Composting System Using XACT Systems’ BioReactor for a
Pilot Project to Test Various Organic Waste Including Food Waste.

This project has been implemented  to confirm the BioReactor’s performance and to determine best practises for the composting process protocols  and feedstocks.  This in-vessel composting system is comprised of a 5′ diameter  x 10′ long vessel, a mixer and conveyor and is situated in a hoop building.  It has been running tests for approximately 6 months trouble free.  Satisfied with the pilot project results, this company is ready to take on the full “meal deal” and   get started commercially on a large scale with a 1060 BioReactor.

The Value of Pilot Projects

Pilot projects allow a facility to:

An in-vessel composting system, such as the Compact BioReactor, lend itself perfectly for pilot projects:

  1. The system is totally self-contained.  Typically, a mixer and conveyor come with the rotating drum in order to facilitate blending and loading.
  2. The BioReactor composting system comes completely wired and ready to go….just plug and play! (3 phase or single phase options)
  3. This composting system comes equipped with variable speed return air fan.
  4. The friction drive systems has extremely low energy requirements.
  5. The system is very quiet and pristine.
  6. The Compact composting system can be place on a flat bed trailer and moved from site to site.

 

 

 

Compost or Dried Dairy Manure For Bedding The Herd

Manure composted for bedding the dairy herd using the BioReactor by XACT.

Manure composted for bedding the dairy herd using the BioReactor by XACT.

Compost or Dried Dairy Manure For Bedding The Herd

The BioReactor will make bedding to meet the a farmers specifications.  By adjusting the time that the manure is kept in the BioReactor, either dried or composted bedding is produced.

Quick Time:  If you choose to simply dry the manure for bedding then the manure is kept in the BioReactor for a shorter period of time (18 to 24 hours).

Compost Time:  If you choose to convert the manure to compost that is pathogen free then the manure is kept in the BioReactor for 72 hours at a temperature of 150o F (55o C).  This protocol is based on the “Time and Temperature” standards set down by the EPA. Cows like the light fluffy texture of compost for bedding.  Because it is sanitized (proven pathogen free), managing the herd’s health is easier and less worrisome.

The BioReactor offers farmers a choice of beddings.  Either way, the BioReactor is the better technology for solid manure management.

 

 

Compost From Food Waste Produced by XACT BioReactor is Certifiable!

Christina and Jeremiah Eneix of Green Earth Landworks in Anchorage Alaska purchases the compost produced by the XACT BioReactor which is owned and operated by Alaska Green Waste Solutions. The compost is produced using food waste, horse manure and wood chips.

Compost from the BioReactor is used to give young plants a good start!

Compost from the BioReactor is used to give young plants a good start!

When Green Earth Landworks receives the compost, it is cured in static piles, and, due to the severity of the weather conditions, the piles are inoculated with a microbial package to enhance the final maturation of the compost.  The mature compost is blended with top soil for bulk sales at the nursery.  It is also used for top dressing, erosion control socks filler.  These socks are used by the DOT which requires the compost be certified.  The lab reports show that the compost passes all the tests with flying colors!  Please get in touch if you would like a copy of the report!

In-Vessel Rotating Drum Composter Converts Food Waste to Compost

This in-vessel rotating drum composter is composting food waste, and interestingly enough, the amendment being used in horse manure.  The operators of this facility know that in order to get good quality compost out, they need to put the right blend of feedstocks in.  The constraints of the blend consists of:  1) a proper percentage of moisture and  2)  the correct proportion of Carbon to Nitrogen.  Because the food waste stream on its own did not meet these constraints, there would need to be an amendment added to the food waste.  The horse manure was available and also needed to be disposed of, so this composting facility determined the right blend of these 2 waste streams, and are now indeed, producing very good compost.  No less than a triple win!

This BioReactor is composting food waste.

This BioReactor is composting food waste.

Tel: 1-613-399-5686   •   Or: 1-613-391-1445   •   Email: info@xactsystemscomposting.com