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September 24, 2014 Agriculture No Comments

Time and time again we are confronted with dairy farmers who complain of problems with their manure lagoons. They realize that the manure in their lagoon represents a valuable bi-product of raising livestock and an opportunity to reduce other nutrient inputs they apply on their land; yet problems of lagoon crusting, bottom sludge, (often) having to spend many hours agitating the manure to make it flowable enough to pump out for field application. Combined with issues around odor (and the complaints of neighbours) makes the whole thought of dealing with the semi-annual pumpout of the manure in their lagoon seem like a hassle. At the same time, frequently the same farmers have already tried a variety of other “so-called” lagoon treatment products, yet have found them expensive, not very effective or both.

Although, relatively new to the United States, increasingly, a new crop of farmers (dairy and swine) are discovering that there is a sure-fire way of making their lagoons a more valuable asset (even a profit center) on their farms.   Penergetic g (slurry activator) has been used for a considerably longer time in Europe (and Canada) and knowledge about its effectiveness is now spreading in the United States.

Penergetic g (slurry activator) is a simple to apply product. Available in powder form, just mix with water and add to the lagoon or directly in the barn – at most weekly. Typically, if a dairyman starts to treat his lagoon when it still has manure in it, including a crust layer, he will notice that (often) within a matter of days, the crust starts to develop crevices (or creases). Then the manure actually starts to bubble away and before long the top crust is all but gone and the whole mixture has become a homogenous liquid. Even pieces of former bottom sludge will start to float to the top and end up being eaten away. Flush barn, sand bedding, slatted floor barn with deep pits, SlurryStores or outside lagoon/storage tank – penergetic g works well in all situations.

We are all familiar with the stereotypical cliché that “Dairy farms always smell (same claim made about swine houses). Well guess what, that doesn’t need to be the case. That offensive putrid odor is actually a sign of an improperly functioning waste management system. With Penergetic g use, that (often familiar) “livestock operation smell” will become less evident. Why is this? Penergetic g has the effect of converting the previous anaerobic (or putrifying) liquid manure into a more beneficial aerobic state. In the process, ammonia (which along with hydrogen sulphide is a main source of the odor problems) is converted to ammonium – a more stable, non-volatilizing, plant available source of nitrogen. The result is a dramatic reduction in obnoxious on-farm odors generated – including when the lagoon is agitated and after having been field applied. Plus, as a bonus, more of the valuable nutrients in the manure are retained and available for field application – to help grow the next crops.

Frequently farmers that use penergetic g are dumbfounded by its effectiveness. Unlike other products which often involve the introduction of live bacteria (or similar substances), the Penergetic company (from Switzerland) realizes that the beneficial microorganisms necessary to activate and create healthy manure already exist in the manure – and simply need to be activated. Penergetic g acts as a catalyst to start the beneficial manuring process.

Easy to use Penergetic g is proven effective and produces affordable, readily observable results. Find out more, including viewing some documented case studies, at www.penergeticsolutions.com and/or contact a Penergetic distributor.

Written by Derek Pratt
B.E.S, M.B.A., Cert Ag, Managing Director, Penergetic Solutions.