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Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2013/12/18 - Livestock Water Recycling, Inc. and Dickson Farms are a 2013 Top Water & Wastewater Project for the installation of LWR’s manure treatment system - LivestockWaterRecycling.com.
Water and Wastes Digest names the LWR manure treatment system at Dickson Farms a 2013 Top Project. Award winners are chosen by industry professionals based on entries being remarkable and innovative. The annual awards are presented during the WEFTEC Conference; this year’s event was held in Chicago. LWR’s technology, installed at Dickson Farms in New York state, recycles clean water and concentrates valuable nutrients from the dairy’s livestock manure.
“We wanted to find a way to recycle nutrients and clean water back to the crops that feed the animals that produce the manure,” says Ross Thurston, president at LWR, of the manure treatment system. The 6,000 sq. ft. system was LWR’s first U.S. dairy farm installation.
With implementation of LWR’s system, Dickson Farms has realized a cost-savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars annually resulting in a 74% reduction of treatment costs. Manure treatment costs are below 1.3¢ per gallon, and are expected to reach less than a penny per gallon. The system treats the farm’s annual production of 22 million gallons of manure. The excess fertilizer nutrients, which are not spread onto the cropland, will be sold creating an additional revenue stream. These nutrients are rich in phosphorus and nitrogen.
The patented technology completely treats manure, benefits of installation include:
• Clean, stable water source for reuse;
• Reduced manure transport and handling costs;
• Concentrated nutrients to be used as fertilizer, precision application;
• Less reliance on lagoons for manure storage.
“Dickson Farms has always prided itself in its ability to adopt leading edge technologies, I’m sure it will become a worldwide model for sustainable dairy, and I am glad we are able to be a part of it,” says Thurston. New York state ranks 4th in the U.S. for total milk production, the industry continues to grow due to an increase in yogurt production in the area.
About Livestock Water Recycling, Inc.
LWR provides hog, dairy and anaerobic digester operations with its patented manure treatment technology. The technology recycles clean water and fertilizer nutrients from livestock manure for reuse at the farm. LWR’s goal is to save farmers time and money by providing them with a cost-effective solution to manage manure in a sustainable manner. LWR has systems operating throughout Canada and the U.S.
About the Top Water & Wastewater Projects
Water & Wastes Digest established the Water & Wastewater Top Projects Awards in 2010. Nominations for the annual awards were accepted from June to August 2013. Projects must highlight a water or wastewater project that was in its design or construction phase over the last 18 months. Editorial staff evaluates all nominations to choose winners. Each year the awards are presented at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC). The event offers water quality professionals the best water quality education and training available today.
About Dickson Farms
Dickson Farms is a 3rd generation family-owned and operated dairy farm located in Bath, NY. The dairy’s 590 cows and 657 young stock produce approximately 22 million gallons of manure, which is treated by LWR’s manure treatment system. The farm is the first U.S. dairy and first scrape dairy to install an LWR system. Dickson Farms holds regular farm tours to share its passion for agriculture. Local students and community members visit the farm regularly.