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BEAR RIVER ZEOLITE CO., INC.
4005 East Glendale Road
Preston, ID 83263

tel: 406-827-3523
fax: 406-827-3543

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COMPOSTING

COMPOSTING IN CHANNEL CHICKEN LITTER (17 August 2016)
This is an “in channel” composting operation using a compost turner with BRZ™  and chicken litter (see white feathers)

Description:

1.      “In channel” refers to a concrete channel roughly 4-5’ deep X 20” wide X roughly 300” long.

2.      When compared to “field composting” the concrete channels prevent any pollution of the ground water and eventually will be speced by EPA.

3.      The compost turner runs the full length of each channel on tracks on top of the wall and rolls and advances all the compost approximately 7’ per day.

4.      7’more of litter is added to each channel.

5.      By the time (roughly 35-40 days) that the compost reaches the far end of the channel it is composted and ready for sale.

6.      The compost must reach 160 degrees F to kill the pathogens and convert the organically bound nitrogen to a useable ammonium product.

7.      BRZ™ adsorbs the ammonium preventing much of it from gassing off as ammonia. Notice the steam coming off from the compost turner where the ammonia level is probably > 150 ppm.

8.      The BRZ™ holds the ammonium so that it is not water soluble, but plant accessible. As the plant grows it gives off the hydrogen ion that exchanges to release the ammonium in the growth zone and minimizes the pollution of the ground water with nitrates.

9.      In a similar operation in northern Alberta using hog manure, a dead hog can be dropped into the compost, and it is totally digested and unrecognizable within 3 days.

10.  Eventually all CAFOs and smaller operations will probably be mandated into composting or digesters (that will also utilize BRZ™ ) to control odor and prevent further pollution of the groundwater.

 

Compost turner 

MANURE
The manure from dry operations or the manure sludge from wash-down operations should be composted with 100 to 300 pounds per ton of zeolite depending on the nitrogen content. This is generally done in rows where the compost can be turned after temperatures peak. Straw, saw dust, or other sources of carbon must be used with the proper water content to complete the composting process. Composting can take 6 to 10 weeks depending on the efficiency of the operation. A 14x40 mesh product is preferred.  

BENEFITS

·         BRZ™ will significantly reduce odors from animal manure/urea.

·         BRZ™ will tie up the nitrogen from manure/urea before it escapes. It will increase the nitrogen content of the fertilizer compost.

·         BRZ™ will help control fly larvae and maggots by absorbing moisture.

·         BRZ™ will hold ammonium in the crystal structure so that it is plant accessible but not water- soluble. This will decrease the pollution of the water with nitrates, nitrites, and ammonium. It will slowly release the nitrogen to prevent the "burning" of the plant.

·         BRZ™ will increase the value of the compost not only by increasing the nitrogen content but by becoming a lasting soil amendment. As a soil amendment, BRZ™ holds water and nutrients in the growth zone, provides potassium and micronutrients, and regenerates itself with nitrogen from rainwater.

·         Due to its unique chemical and physical properties, BRZ™ is perceived as one of the best clinoptilolite in the United States for agricultural purposes. Compared to other zeolites, BRZ™ has a high potassium content, which is a plant nutrient; a low sodium content, which is toxic to plants; and a higher cation exchange capacity (CEC), which is its ability to hold more ammonium and other plant nutrients, than other zeolites.  

The use of BRZ™ added to manure/urea will qualify for use in fertilizers for "Organic Grown."