BioKix Dairy-Waste Lagoon Bacillus


A 25 pound pail containing 25 pouches.

Bioaugmentation in wastewater has not been something easily understood and implemented. As with anything new, there is fear of the unknown. That fear leads some to investing in mechanical devices or physical processes that require energy costs and increased labor both of which are too costly for the small farmer and hurt profits for the large farmers.

Why not take advantage of our knowledge and investments?  A library of over 10,000 strains of Bacillus has already been used to look for strains that would digest complex substrates such as fat, oil, and grease (FOG) in addition to reducing hydrogen sulfide, sludge build-up, and pesky odorous compounds.  Those strains were found and tested in different blends to ensure they were able to work seamlessly together because synergy between strains is absolutely key.

The specific number of strains was determined in order to provide the most complete, robust product possible and then they were enhanced by adding a proprietary blend of micronutrients and biostimulants. This product development process was extensive, time consuming, and most definitely not the easiest way to go about producing a great product.

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

Has 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).

Is priced below competition and delivers superior results.

  1. Is a powerful nonpathogenic formulated spore blend that incorporates six strains from three species of bacillus.
  2. Is facultative (can live with or without oxygen).
  3. Contains strains that were selected for function as well as by how well they work together to degrade difficult waste.
  4. Contains only those strains that are included on the Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) list for use in animal feed.
  5. Uses the submerged fermentation process in a sterile environment to manufacture product.
    1. The process controls contamination.
    2. One strain at a time is grown to ensure the highest yield and highest quality and purest strain.
    3. Strain is concentrated in a centrifuge.
    4. Cells are counted in the strain produced so they can be blended with other strains in precise ratios.
    5. Final product is a concentrate.
    6. Product is pasteurized to eliminate everything not in spore form for extended shelf life and stability.
    7. This process creates a stable product.
    8. Final products are tested to ensure it does not contain E. coli or Salmonella.
    9. Final product CFUs are verified to ensure end product contains the strength claimed.
  6. Works fast and reproduces quickly.
  7. Produces lots of enzymes.
  8. Digests lots of substrates.
  9. Functions in diverse environments including those devoid of oxygen.
  10. Does not need special handling such as refrigeration.
  11. Is easy to use.  Just toss pre-measured pouches into water containing waste.
  12. Comes with a Certificate of Analysis for every batch that certifies plate count and that product was tested to be free of salmonella and E-coli.
  13. Is nonpathogenic and does not contain formaldehyde.
  14. Does not corrode.


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BioKix Dairy-Waste Lagoon Bacillus has the genus, species, and strains of bacteria that will enhance BOD/COD removal, reduce solids and gases, reduce sludge bulking, increase pit capacity, keep waste flowable and liquefied.

Since more than one species and strains are in the product they were selected to work well together and have different roles. Strength or potency is measured in colony forming units (CFUs).  Bacillus multiplies quickly with binary growth initially that increases to exponential growth so it is more important to package the right strains than it is to have strength alone.  BioKix LLc guarantees there is a minimum of 4 billion CFU per gram in its BioKix Dairy lagoon Bacillus and most methods that are used to count CFU will show higher counts.

Dairies that prosper and expand have better managed the four obstacles listed below.  Those obstacles have become more technical and complicated and increasingly regulated  by the Environmental Agency’s (EPA) 2008 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Rule.

  1. Increased Manure Storage Obstacle
  2. Odor Control Obstacle
  3. Rainwater Mitigation Obstacle
  4. Bio-gas Reduction Obstacle

The goal is to have a dairy lagoon that:

  • Is biologically active.
  • Has little or no crust on the surface.
  • Keeps solids suspended in slurry.
  • Doesn’t emit unhealthy gases.
  • Can be emptied with a pump.

Dairy manure lagoons are inherently anaerobic (lack oxygen) and the raw bacteria that is present stops working in the absence of oxygen.  The lagoon doesn’t decompose solids if left on its own and degradation must occur under septic conditions which are slow, odorous, and yield incomplete conversions of waste. Some of the untreated lagoon biological processes convert hydrogen and sulfur to form hydrogen sulfide and transform carbon into methane. Other carbon will be converted to organic acids that create low pH conditions in the basin and make the water more difficult to treat and promote odor formation.

Animal waste will only partially decompose on its own.  What does not decompose either floats and forms a solid crust or sinks to the bottom and stops decomposing. Partially decomposed waste will also stick to the sides of lagoons.  Deep accumulations of sludge on the lagoon floors and sides require frequent removal by tractors or the lagoon will become too small to hold the amount of waste coming in.  Those removed solids have to be stored elsewhere on the farm.

Why Bio-Augmentation Is Needed

A wastewater lagoon filling up.
Got manure?

Manure lagoons need bacteria having specific strains of microbes that are very effective in degrading difficult swine and dairy waste, including cellulosic materials and whey.  Treated lagoons with specially selected bacillus will maintain liquid slurry, break up and prevent build-up of solids and reduce nitrates.

The specially selected bacillus strains in BioKix Wastewater Lagoon Bacillus  thrive in lagoons that lack oxygen (anaerobic conditions).  This is good because manure lagoons are inherently anaerobic (lack oxygen) and the strains of bacteria that eat nitrates are  susceptible to destruction by oxygen.

Do the math.

A lagoon collects between 25 and 100 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.
  • 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.

First treatment should be 3 times monthly amount and if not treated for more than three months, then restart by making the next treatment as if it were the first.

Waste Lagoon conditions for most effective results

Water Temperature:  45-120 0F  and pH (5-9.5)

  • Item #: BK.CBP.16.25.WSP

Additional information

Weight 25 lbs


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