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FAQ

What are the advantages of manure pelletizing?

Pelletizing poultry manure is an effective way for poultry growers to comply with new federal regulations that govern waste disposal in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). CAFO regulations, effective January 1, 2006, present an opportunity for pelletizing poultry waste and creating a new revenue source while complying with potentially burdensome government rules.

What are some common applications for poultry manure?

Agricultural production companies, independent farmers, golf courses and commercial landscapers can use poultry manure as fertilizer, and do-it-yourself retail chains and lawn & garden stores can sell poultry manure to consumers who need fertilizer to help their plants, lawns and gardens grow lush without harming people, pets and waterways.

What is the chemical composition of poultry manure?

In general, poultry manure, after processing, consists of 4% nitrogen (N), 6% phosphorous (P), 4% potassium (K), and 86% organic material from dead plants and animals that will nurture the soil with optimal effectiveness.

How much room does a pelletizing plant require?

On average, a pelletizing plant is about 20,000 square feet.

What is the cost of a pelletizing plant?

The cost depends upon the plant's specifications. Mars Mineral provides customized solutions that precisely identify costs prior to plant construction.

How does a pelletizing plant work?

Manure pelletizing is a straightforward, five-step process:

  1. Litter is transported to pelletizer in leak-resistant containers.
  2. Raw materials are unloaded in a fully enclosed storage area, where a negative-air system prevents dust and odors from escaping into the environment.
  3. The litter is then loaded into a dryer that reaches a temperature of 225°F degrees and pasteurizes the litter to eradiate bacteria and weed seeds.
  4. From the dryer, a hammer mill refines the litter to a sand texture and pushes the granules into a pellet mill.
  5. The pellets are then cooled, tested for quality and stored until distribution.

How much does pelletized manure cost?

The retail price of a 1-1/2 pound jar is about $9.00, which translated to a retail price of about $12,000 per ton! Thus, the market opportunities are excellent.

Does pelletized manure have a "manure smell?"

No. Our process makes organic fertilizer 99.9% odorless.

How do the manure pellets look?

They have the appearance of black pearls or BBs.

How much poultry manure is produced in the United States each year?

The 300 million turkeys, 7.6 billion chickens, 103 million hogs and 56 million beef cattle produced annually generate 2.7 trillion pounds of farm animal manure each year. This figure equates to 5 tons of animal manure for each American.

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