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Modern Michigan Dairy to Install Innovative Water Recycling System

Double Eagle Dairy, a 3,200-cow dairy operation located near Middleton, Mich., will be one of the first dairy operations in the state to install an innovative manure treatment system designed and installed by Livestock Water Recycling, Inc. (LWR) to recycle clean water and concentrate valuable nutrients from the manure for reuse at the farm.
Double Eagle Dairy, a third-generation family farm, owned and operated by John and Karen Weller, is already known for its innovative use of sand-separation technology to recycle the sand for livestock bedding, which has improved cow comfort and leading to improved nutrient management on the farm’s cropland for raising feed.

According to John Weller, LWR’s patented technology is a natural extension of their overall manure management plan and will considerably reduce manure handling costs, adding the environmental benefits are noteworthy as well.

“Everything on our farm is designed to work together to achieve optimal results,” Weller explained. “We strongly believe in the utilization of technology to improve our operating efficiencies while also improving our environmental stewardship. LWR’s technology is a perfect fit for our farm’s system-approach for manure management.”

LWR is a North American environmental company focused on providing dairy, hog and anaerobic digester operations with sustainable and cost effective manure treatment technology. LWR’s treatment system recycles clean water and concentrates phosphorus, ammonia, potash and nitrogen from manure. All parts of the manure are reused as a valuable output, according to LWR President Ross Thurston.

“What makes our system unique is that there is zero waste,” Thurston said. “All parts of the manure are recycled. The treated water can be used for cleaning, watering cattle, or crop irrigation and the fertilizer nutrients can be precisely and strategically applied to maximize their value. The nutrients can also be sold to generate a new revenue stream for the operation.”

The innovative technology has been awarded a Canadian patent and is patent-pending in seven other countries around the world.

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