When choosing equipment to make bedding from manure, many farmers have opted for the 24 hour drier process. This is an interesting choice since manure that has been simply dried in a rotating drum for such a short time will still have disease causing bacteria (pathogens) in it. According to the standards of the EPA and other governing bodies, the standard for pathogen kill is 72 hours at 150F degrees (55C degrees). Would this not raise some red flags about somatic cell count and mastitis for the dairy herd?
On the other hand, other farmers are choosing to truly compost the manure by following the EPA guidelines (3 days in the rotating drum). This choice seems make sense for those farms wanting more certainty in the quality of bedding material, herd health and/or more value from their manure. By more value, I mean, that manure that is composted vs dried has a $ value as a soil amendment–either as an amendment on the soil of the farm or amendment to other commercial operations such as landscapers, soil blenders, nurseries or specialty crops etc.
Nevertheless, whatever your objectives are, whatever processing time you choose, the XACT BioReactor is the wise choice. Thanks for your time today. Have a good one…..D