Critics and non-agricultural lobbyists often criticize animal health pros for not caring about the environment, odors or greenhouse gases. This article flies in the faces of such critics.
Source: WATTAgNet, January 20, 2017.
Perdue Farms has expanded its $68 million investment in nutrient recycling on the Delmarva Peninsula with the addition of a $12 million capital investment in a composting operation. The AgriSoil composting facility increases the company’s capacity to handle surplus poultry litter from Delmarva chicken farms and adds the capability to recycle other agricultural by-products that were previously land-applied.
INSIGHTS: Yes, this is turning chicken poop into profit but notice the end result is a high-quality composted soil amendment high in organic matter. The final product will be marketed for commercial use and to consumer lawn-and-garden products distributors. The compost is especially good for improving sandy soils, restoring depleted soils and as a seedbed. Three cheers for efforts and investments of this scale and value!
Also see: Dairy Herd Management, April 2, 2015.
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