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Wisconsin Agricultural Biogas Casebook

Wisconsin Agricultural Biogas Casebook

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Farm Name:

Volm Farms

Location:

Kewaskum

Farm Type:

dairy

Herd Size:

825 head

Collection Method: scrape (automatic)

Bedding Type:

digested solids

Digester Type:

mixed plug-flow

Design Temperature:

100 deg F

Digester Notes:

two-stage, below grade concrete tank, u-shaped, gas-induced mixing, RAS

Design Capacity:

900 head

Date Operational:

2009

Design HRT:

22 days

Current HRT:

21 days

Design Solids %:

8-9%

Current Solids %:

not available

Biogas Use:

electricity and heat

Utility Contract:

yes, sell-all

Solids Separation:

yes, screw press

Solids Use:

bedding

Farm Owns:

digester, energy generation

Utility Owns:

none

Digester Designer:

GHD, Inc.

Utility:

We Energies

Volm Farms is an 825 head dairy operation in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, in northern
Washington County. Manure is scrape collected with automatic scrapers throughout the
day. The farm uses digested solids for bedding, and produces about 20,000 gallons of
liquids for treatment per day. They also add about 300 bushels of chopped straw to their
influent stream every day to increase bedding production. The farm’s previous manure
system had a storage tank under the free-stall barn and an earthen lagoon.

Digester.
The Volm Farms owners had a GHD, Inc. digester installed in 2009. Figure 60 shows a
view of the Volm Farms digester.

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