Dairy aims to be first to test system that reclaims waste
May 5, 2017
STANWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Cows circle slowly on a carousel where they are cleaned and milked. They're unfazed by attention, whether it's from the farm workers or an excited 4-year-old and her older siblings just home from school.
In a nearby barn, automated scrapers clean manure from the floor every couple of hours. From there, fiber is separated from the wet waste and composted. Piles of the soft, dry composted fibers sit in a white canvas hoop barn for a few days before being used as bedding for the cows. The remainder of the manure is bound for a lagoon. It might be used on this farm as f...