Case Studies

The use of PitCharger products by livestock producers over the years is enough proof to know it works. Our satisfied customer testimonials and case studies can provide you with a wealth of information.

Case studies detail facilities, the Pre-PitCharger environment and PitCharger application results and testimonials are just our satisfied customers letting us know that PitCharger benefited their operations.

Odor Reduction Case Studies

Boadwine Dairy...Addition of 10-milion gallon lagoon

Boadwine Dairy was in the process of increasing their 1000-head herd by 500 cows. Boadwine planned to add a 10-million gallon lagoon to their present storage system.

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Rolling Rock Farm...Contract feeder in Akron, CO

Two 1,000-head pull plug buildings draining to an outside earthen basin were not draining from pits and odor had increased.

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Pembroke Oak Farms....Complaints regarding odor

Pembroke Oaks is a 18,600 finishing/ 17,600 nursery complex located near St. Anne, IL.A farmer living about 1 mile from the facility had registered complaints regarding nuisance odors.

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IA State University....Testing levels of hydrogen sulfide in deep pits

A deep pit facility was used to test hydrogen sulfide levels during agitation. The building, located near Waukon, Iowa, was comprised of two 500-head finishing rooms with separate pits.

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IA State University....12 month field test at 12 separate sites

One of the top hog producers in the county contracted with Dr. Dwaine Bundy at Iowa State University to conduct a 12-month field test at 12 separate sites.

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Exetare-Profectio Partnership BioSystem

The facility houses 3,000 sows and 8,000 nursery pigs. The buildings have 24” pull plug pits that recharge from the secondary lagoon. The storage system consists of a 7 million-gallon primary and a 4 million-gallon secondary lagoon.

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VALADCO CO-OP / Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The facility involved in the test was a 14,600-head nursery/finisher in Olvia, MN. The unit had 24” pull plugs that were recharged with lagoon water.

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Manure Solids Case Studies

Carroll’s Foods, Waverly, IA...1000 sow Farrow to Finish

FACILITIES: Farm 15 is a 1000 sow, farrow to finish, unit consisting of multiple buildings that each utilizes a flush system for manure handling. The buildings are flushed several times a day to a 10 million-gallon, synthetically lined lagoon.

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Carroll’s Foods, Waverly, IA...1000 sow Farrow to Finish

FACILITIES: Farm 12 is a 1000 sow, farrow to finish, unit consisting of multiple buildings that each utilizes a flush system for manure handling. The buildings are flushed several times a day to an 11 million-gallon, synthetically lined lagoon. Effluent from the primary lagoon is then pumped to a secondary lagoon where it is held for irrigation purposes.

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E & S Pork....Farrow-to-finish cleanup

Facilities: Four pull plug, 1,000 head pull plug units with tunnel ventilation. Each pit has pull plugs at both ends. Slurry is drained into a 1.8-million gallon cement basin.

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Mid Continent Swine...Eight foot deep earthen basin

FACILITIES: Pull plug finishing units draining to an eight-foot deep earthen basin. PRE-PITCHARGER ENVIRONMENT: Norm Isaacson had fought solids buildup in this basin since 1995. By the spring of 2000, when it was filled with solid manure, he was ready to have the basin dredged.

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Hostetter Management...Sow/Nursery facility odors and solids

Facilities: This facility houses 2,800 sows and 7,500 nursery pigs. The buildings have 24’’ pull plug pits with a storage system consisting of a 2 million-gallon primary and a 5 million-gallon secondary lagoon.

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Fox Ridge...2,600 sow - pull plug buildings

Facilities: Fox Ridge is a 2,600-head sow unit. Buildings are pull plug with plugs at each end of the pits. Pits drain to an 8,000,000-gallon lagoon.

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New Elm Spring Colony...Older facility pull plug cleanup

FACILITIES: New Elm Springs is a 30+-year-old facility consisting of gestation and nursery scraper units and a 2,500-head finishing unit with a pull plug pit 150’x50’x4’. The connected storage unit is a slurry store with a holding volume of 800,000 gallons. This is a very high load storage system.

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Partners in Pork – Afton Co-Op...Pull plug pits to large capacity slurry store

Engineering Design

This 5,000-head sow unit is a wholly owned facility of the Afton, Iowa Co-Op. It uses one of the most unique and advanced systems we have encountered. The buildings have rechargeable pull plug pits feeding a 2.3-million gallon Slurry store and a second 450,000-gallon Slurry store equipped with bottom aeration. The aeration tank is called a SBEACR (Single Basin Extended Aeration Cyclical Reactor). The system uses both anaerobic and aerobic treatment on the slurry. This design is also used to treat municipal and industrial wastewater across the country.

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West Central Co-Op...Solids in three types of facilities

Facilities: Three separate facilities with solids problems were worked on by West Central Co-op, Swine Specialist, Nick Lentz using PitCharger. Testing was conducted over a 3 month period.

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Crusting and Flies Case Studies

Buser (Contract Producer)...Large deep pitted buildings

Rich and Michelle Buser contract finish for Esbenshade Mills/Hershey Ag with two large deep pitted buildings holding 4,000 and 3,600 hogs.

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Karl Johnson...Sow and nursery operation

Facilities include one 1,350 head sow unit and one 4000-head nursery. Build up and crusting in the pits was a definite problem resulting in fly populations.

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Pig Hill Company...Four 800 head buildings and one 1000 head barn

FACILITIES: Four 800-head buildings with two-foot pits built in 1994 and a 1000-head barn with four-foot pits constructed in 1996.

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