U.S. Gain announced the anaerobic digester at Deer Run Dairy is complete, transforming animal waste to clean, low carbon fuel for the transportation market. Renewable natural gas production offers Deer Run Dairy the opportunity to improve manure management practices from its herd of 1,700 milking cows. In 2021, U.S. Gain will expand the system’s capacity by installing a mixing tank that will enable other local farms to bring animal waste to Deer Run Dairy.
“We’ve developed a great relationship with Deer Run Dairy over the years and are pleased to work with them on this opportunity, especially given the benefits their farm will receive,” said U.S. Gain Renewable Natural Gas Director of Business Development, Hardy Sawall. “This includes animal bedding and nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be either used by the farm as a cost savings measure or profitably sold.”
“We’re excited about the opportunities this will create for the region – both environmentally and economically,” added Pat Van Dehy, U.S. Gain’s Director of Operations. “It’s rewarding to be on both sides of the renewable natural gas supply chain – managing development of production sites while at the same time, building new fueling stations in which gas produced can be dispensed.”
“As caretakers of the land, we feel a strong obligation to continue looking at all aspects of our operations to determine what’s best, not only for our farm, but also for our community,” explained Deer Run Dairy owner Dale Bogart. “We couldn’t be more pleased in partnering with U.S. Gain, a like-minded company that sees the value in ensuring a brighter future for us all. When the capacity is increased next year, we encourage our neighbors to consider this waste management option.”
Biomethane produced at Deer Run Dairy will be transported to a new decanting facility U.S. Gain constructed at Holsum Dairy located in Hilbert, Wisconsin, where it will be injected into the natural gas pipeline.
Nacelle Solutions, a leading technology and service company specializing in gas conditioning and advancement of the energy and biogas industries, was a key partner to U.S. Gain in bringing this project online.
Source: U.S. Gain