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By MaryBeth Matzek
MAA Editor
With 2,000 cows at two sites in Sheboygan Falls, Wis., Majestic Crossing Dairy was created five years ago when four families joined together in a single dairy farm venture.
Majestic Crossing consists of two farms – the Meadows site where 900 cows are milked and the Highland site where 1,100 cows are milked. The dairy is hosting Sheboygan County’s Breakfast on the Farm on June 18.
Managing partner and co-owner Dean Strauss was working at the Meadows dairy with his father in 2010 when a neighboring dairy farm became available.
“It was a great opportunity for us to expand. We owned harvesting equipment with (the other dairy) and they were just four miles away,” Strauss said. 

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That growth led Strauss to invest in an integrated manure management system. The system, from Digested Organics, will process 20,000 gallons of liquid manure per day, effectively harvesting energy through biogas generation, concentrating nutrients for more targeted crop use and reclaiming clean water for farm use and surface water discharge.
Chris Maloney, chief operating officer for Digested Organics, said the system combines a high-efficiency/low-resonance time anaerobic digester with an ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis system that concentrates nutrients into 30 percent of the original manure volume while recovering about 70 percent of the original volume as clean water. That water is suitable for drinking for the animals, washing and flushing on the farm, or direct discharge to local waterways with a proper permit.
Digested Organics installed the system at the Meadows site last fall and is working to bring it up to full capacity.
“For a while, we had been looking to do something with manure treatment and had looked at several different options. We came across this one and it was a great fit,” Strauss says. 
“Removing water from manure is a key issue and this addresses that.”
Less overall volume means fewer trucks on the road hauling manure and less time spreading it in the fields.
Strauss and his partners raise their own forages for their animals and sell the milk his cows produce to nearby Sartori Cheese.
“We’re very community minded,” he said. “We have a great infrastructure here in Wisconsin for the dairy industry, from the cheese companies that buy so much milk to the different service providers, including vets and those working in feed and seed. Keeping our dairy industry strong is good for the state.”
 


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