From Cow Pies to Clear Skies
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But, as on all dairy farms, along with the milk produced by the herd, there's also manure, a byproduct that's unavoidable and often difficult to dispose of. The Craves plan to expand their businesses in the future, so there will be even more "organic waste" in years to come. That's where the anaerobic digester comes in. It's owned and installed by Clear Horizons, a firm that specializes in organic waste management solutions and biogas energy systems, and is computer-controlled over the Internet from the company's office in Milwaukee.
The digester helps manage the farm's manure, provides clean, renewable energy for the farm, and produces excess electricity, which Clear Horizons sells on the electrical grid. What's more, the digester reduces odor from the manure, and provides some saleable byproducts. The Craves use the liquid byproduct as fertilizer on their fields. Solid byproducts are used as animal bedding and in a line of organic potting mixes.
For the Crave family, the decision to use the anaerobic digester grew out of their usual consideration of what is best for the environment, the consumer and the cows. For them, a commitment to go green is a natural way of doing business.
-For more information, visit the Web sites at www.CraveCheese.com and www.ClearHorizonsLLC.com.
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