How It Works


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ATD Manure Treatment Step-by-Step

There are only 7 steps in the process:

  • Collect solids and liquids from the barns
  • Nutrient extraction from the liquids
  • Sterilize the water with Ultra Violet exposure
  • Dry the solids for fuel, or after adding ash, lime and ammonium sulphate, fertilizer pellets using biomass burner
  • Fuel Storage
  • Pelleter
  • Fertilizer Pellet Storage

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Economic Viability

Statistics Canada 2001 Census of Agriculture reports 7,263 hog farms in Canada of which 7,116 of them fall into the 10,000 to 12,000 herd size. These estimates are based on an 10,000 place grow to finish operation in South Eastern Manitoba. However, one size does not necessarily mean it fits all. The ATD solution will benefit those operators whose current waste management practices can be improved in the areas not only of cost, but of water conservation, odour reduction, land availability, crop nutrition and business opportunity. All of these factors must be taken into account if we are to have a successful installation and ATD stands ready to work with interested operators to see if they can justify a project in terms of conversion, expansion or new construction.

Economic viability is dependent as always, on market conditions, manure analysis and economies of scale. Larger operations will do better than smaller ones. Expansions on a current land base will therefore be attractive.

You will be eliminating a manure recovery cost center in favour of an investment in a new fertilizer manufacturing business. This vertical integration and diversification places a safety net under hog market prices. Revenue can be affected by the price of greenhouse gas credits as well as the volume and analysis available for sale. So, capital budget estimates for a 10,000 place grow to finish facility are in the area of C$5 million with payback in Canada less than 5 years. For a 20,000 place finisher it comes to about C$7.5 million with payback in Canada in less than 4 years, excluding any value added benefits. This capital outlay sounds like a lot but remember there are five sources of revenue. That revenue comes from: 1. Sale of surplus fertilizer. 2. Sale of greenhouse gas remission credits 3. Elimination of current manure management costs. 4. Avoidance of future manure management costs.  5. Additional benefits identified in your operation. These five cash flows and the tangible results from the value added benefits listed earlier will turn a manure management cost center into a profit center.

Key trends indicate improved payback in the future. Greenhouse gases are forecast to increase in Europe as various trading systems come into play over the next few years. Fertilizer prices are increasing. Manure management costs are increasing — compliance, water, power, phosphorus loading, litigation, lost business opportunity.


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