North Dakota farmer partners with tech organization for sustainable beef, fertilizer – Agweek

BATHGATE, N.D. — A North Dakota beef producer is teaming up with a manure remedy technological know-how organization to expand its operations and make lower-carbon fertilizer.

Dakota Valley Growers

of Bathgate is doing work with

Bion Environmental Systems

to acquire a 15,000-head sustainable beef cattle feeding operation. Yearly generation is envisioned to be about 42,500 head of top quality sustainable beef cattle.

Dakota Valley Growers at this time feeds about 3,000 cattle but is arranging a big expansion.

Courtesy / Dakota Valley Growers

Bion’s technologies will enable transform manure from the feedlot into about 4,000 tons of small-carbon fertilizer on a yearly basis, sufficient to go over much more than 11,000 acres of corn ground, in accordance to a news launch from Bion asserting the deal.

“It’s precisely what I have to have as a producer with these barns to be sustainable,” Russell Edgar of Dakota Valley Growers mentioned in an interview. “It’s performing all the factors that persons are requesting for the setting, prolonged-time period sustainable.”

He explained the specialized barns will about double the quantity of cattle finished in North Dakota, and the Bion technologies will produce other income streams.

The 1st revenue stream is the beef from the cattle. By complete feeding the cattle indoors, Edgar mentioned he hopes to improve his feeding efficiency by 10% to 12%, in addition other positive aspects, this sort of as enhanced herd well being.

Manure from the cattle will slide by way of slats into a pit outfitted with automatic scrapers. The scrapers will operate constantly, pushing manure to a biodigester, which can convert the methane into renewable pure gasoline, a different profits resource.

Bion has a patented approach to transform the liquid from the manure into a nitrogen fertilizer and deal with the liquid to be reused on the farm, clear enough that the cattle can drink it, or for irrigation.

The solids will be composted and turned into fertilizer pellets.

Bion will marketplace the fertilizer and the cattle, with the beef labeled as being sustainably raised.

Although the barn will be in a position to keep 15,000 cattle, Edgar reported an additional 3,000 head will be staged outdoors to change the cattle headed to market place.

Dakota Valley Growers will very own the cattle and do some custom made feeding. Edgar explained cattle will come from backgrounders all in excess of the upper Midwest.

Getting just a couple miles off of Interstate 29 helps make the trucking involved possible, he claimed.

Edgar says it makes perception to complete cattle in which the feed is, and there is a good deal of feed obtainable in the Crimson River Valley. Corn is less expensive there than in the western Corn Belt, exactly where a lot of finishing is finished.

He stated the farm will need to have about 2 million bushels of corn per calendar year when the challenge is full, but that is a pair of yrs absent.

According to the North Dakota Office of Setting High quality, the largest beef cattle feedlot in the state is in Adams County, permitted for 10,000 head. Currently, there are 51 active permits for beef feedlots with 1,000 or a lot more head of beef.

Edgar reported he figured out about Bion though touring barns in Minnesota and contemplating an growth from the 3,000 head he currently feeds.

Bion has two other projects in the is effective, a person in Texas and an additional in North Platte, Nebraska.

A white-haired man speaks from an outdoor platform as listeners are in silhouette in the foreground.

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, was a person of 4 North Dakota governors or former governors attending the Oct. 19, 2022, groundbreaking for the Grand Farm at Casselton, North Dakota. He mentioned investigation is the vital to addressing the world’s diet problems.

Mikkel Pates / Agweek file photo.

Bion, based mostly in New York state, has Ed Schafer, former North Dakota governor and U.S. secretary of agriculture, on its board.

“North Dakota has a extensive and loaded farming and ranching historical past. It may possibly have designed sense in the earlier to ship the two our corn and calves south for ending — no lengthier,” Schafer said in a information release.

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