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Livestock Odor Management

Improve the Quality of Life for the Community

If there are complaints about the odor, it’s time to consider solutions and be mindful of government regulations. Regular application of PitCharger has been successfully used to decrease odor and silence those around you.

It's a fact...manure stinks. There are good reasons to control odor.

  • Health of animals, employees and family
  • Decreases flies (if they can't smell it they won't come!)
  • Decreases odor at pump-out
  • Less odor means fewer complaints

What causes that odor?

Different strains of bacteria break down the manure through a succession of digestion processes. Other strains work on the by-products of previous strains until the manure is fully digested. This is nature’s way of recycling, but it does have a down-side: it gives off gases, some of which are not so pleasant.

If the digestion process takes a long time or for some reason is slowed, a lot of odor is given off.  An example can be found in lagoons. During the winter months, the temperature drops and biological activity falls to a minimum. The on-going manure load settles to the bottom of the lagoon.  When the temperature warms up, the bacteria start to grow and the digestion process starts the  spring turnover, giving off odors until this manure is digested. Sometimes digestion of the accumulated solids may take several months or more. On occasion, a lagoon never catches up, constantly giving off foul odors and gases

Success of PitCharger to reduce odor..

Adding PitCharger pit additive accelerates the natural decomposition and promotes a biochemical process that reduces odor. The added benefit to this acceleration improves the quality of manure as fertilizer.

  • Digests solids and stores nutrients in microbial walls.
  • Suppresses the activity of the bacteria that produces odor. Less odor means that more nutrients are suspended in waste.

A year long Iowa State University study demonstrated that eight buildings treated with PitCharger had one-half of the odor compared to eleven untreated buildings. In addition, 25 lagoon systems treated with PitCharger have also been going through “odor threshold” testing annually since 1999 and have never failed.