- Customer: Matsche Farms
- Plant Location: Birnamwood, WI, USA
- Industry: Agriculture/Dairy
- Major Equipment: 5 1/2’ x 30’ Rotary Dryer
- Material Handled: Separated Dairy Manure
- Engineer: FEECO International, Inc.
Like many large-scale farms, Matsche farms, a near 5,000 head dairy farm, had made the switch from sand bedding to recycled manure solids (coarse fiber).Recycled manure solids are recovered after manure is flushed or scraped from the barns. However, before the material can be used as a bedding, it must be sterilized to eliminate any bacteria or pathogens.
While the farm had a composting setup in place, they found they still needed to add lime to the bedding in order to sterilize it thoroughly. In short, they needed a better solution, and for this, they turned to FEECO.
Through testing in the FEECO Innovation Center, we were able to confirm the feasibility of sterilizing the farm’s bedding through drying. Once testing was complete, FEECO used the data gathered in testing to engineer a custom rotary dryer.
The rotary dryer dries the recycled manure solids in order to reduce the moisture content of the material, as well as reduce the bacteria and pathogen content down to a safe level, allowing the remaining material to be used as bedding.
- Download: Project Profile: Bedding Recovery from Manure
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