Mitigating Dairy Waste

Mitigate:  make less severe, serious, or painful.
Alleviate, Reduce, Diminish, Lessen, Weaken, Lighten, Attenuate, Allay

Dairy waste lagoons, ugh!–is there a pill for that?  Yes!!  It’s called bacillus, the right strains of bacillus.

  • On any dairy farm, handling waste products is an important part of the producer’s farm management plan.
  • Managing dairy wastes means protecting the quality of surface and ground water, finding ways to use the waste product, and being “neighbor” friendly when it comes to potential odors emitted from these waste by-products.
  • Dairies must deal with a number of variables ranging from animal concentration, to weather, to terrain and soils of the land.
  • Answers to these issues have become more technical and complicated as requirements increase along with changes that have occurred in the framework set by the Environmental Agency’s (EPA) 2008 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Rule.

Dairies, regardless of herd size, are faced with several primary obstacles if they wants to expand:

  • Increased Manure Storage
  • Odor Control
  • Rainwater Mitigation
  • Bio-gas Reduction


The natural decomposition process of waste isn’t occurring deeper in the lagoon due to lack of oxygen and solids are compacting  from bottom up and lagoons basically are getting shallower.  One solution is expensive aeration systems to get oxygen into the depths of the lagoon.  Aerating increases the amount of gasses that rise out of the lagoon.


Adding bacillus to a lagoon that does not need oxygen to decompose solids eliminates the need for aerators and helps control gasses.  Solids don’t form at the bottom of the lagoon and therefore they don’t become shallower.  Lagoons can be emptied by pumping and the slurry that is used in the fields for fertilizer has greatly reduced odors.

BioKix Dairy Manure Lagoon Treatment:

  • Enhances BOD/COD removal, reduces solids and gases, reduces sludge bulking, increases pit capacity, keeps waste flowable and liquefied.
  • Is a powerful nonpathogenic formulated 6 strain Bacillus spore blend selected by how well they work together to degrade difficult waste.
  • Is facultative (can live with or without oxygen).
  • Is in spore form for extended shelf life.
  • Is easy to use.  Just toss pre-measured pouches into water containing waste.

Not all bacillus is equal.

BioKix LLC products use the Submerged Fermentation process.

  • The process controls contamination.
  • It is a sterile environment.
  • One strain at a time is grown.
    • This ensures the highest yield and highest quality and purest strain.
  • Strain is concentrated in a centrifuge.
  • Cells are counted in the strain produced so they can be blended with other strains in precise ratios.
  • Final product is a concentrate.
  • Product is pasteurized to eliminate everything not in spore form.
  • This process creates a stable product.

BioKix LLC products incorporate six strains from three species of bacillus using the submerged fermentation process and meet all of the goals identified herein.

Final products are tested to ensure it does not contain E. coli or Salmonella.

Final product CFUs are verified to ensure end product contains the strength claimed.

Manufacturing is done in a safe environment that protects employees and meets all governmental regulations.

Products meet or exceed governmental regulations.  BioKix LLC products have 3rd party certification for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points and comply with requirements for risk-based preventive controls mandated by FDA Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) modernized Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs).

Do the math.

A lagoon collects between 25 and 120 gallons of urine, bedding, excrement, and flush water per cow per day.

  • 25 gallons if lagoons mostly collect from milking parlors,
  • 50 gallons if lagoons also collect from freestalls with flush systems, and
  • 100 gallons if cows live full-time on flushable concrete.

Does your supplier recommend lagoon treatment dosage accordingly?

  • Standard Plan: Monthly dosage–One (1) 16 oz pouch per 100 cows.
  • Custom Plan:  Monthly dosage–One (1) 16 oz pouch per
    • 100,000 lbs of milk produced if 100% of waste goes into the lagoon.
    • 200,000 lbs of milk produced if 50% of waste goes into the lagoon.
    • 300,000 lbs of milk produced if 25% of waste goes into the lagoon.