Hog Waste: What Is In It?

Agricultural waste, particularly waste which is produced by hog and dairy farms, can pose a serious problem to the environment. There are several serious toxins that can be found in hog waste and if not maintained and treated, these toxins can pose a serious risk to both animals and the surrounding human population.

There are many different toxins present in swine waste, among the most common you might encounter are different types of gases, such as ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, methane and, of course, carbon dioxide. Each of these can pose as a serious health risk, for example the gas of hydrogen sulfide has been shown to cause flu-like reactions in humans, as well as brain damage.

There are ways to limit the effects of these toxins on the environment. The best way is for farmers to ensure that the waste systems are not leaking or overflowing and that the waste itself is treated. Treating waste consistently can prevent problems and even improve the nutrients found in the waste, which makes it more suited to use as fertilizer.

Treating waste does not need to be a difficult process, nor do you need to use any type of harsh chemical. There are several products that use naturally occurring and beneficial bacteria to deal with agricultural waste. These products are accelerated waste digesters, liquefying solids so that it is easier for farmers to agitate, pump and irrigate waste.

For example, the Agra Sphere or Agra Sphere LGT have been designed for deep pit containment or lagoon waste systems. They are biodegradable spheres that sink into the waste pit and immediately go after your sludge. They are full of positive bacteria that feed on the sludge and the begin to reproduce, thus reducing and liquefying this sludge layer. They require no mixing, as well, so they truly are extremely easy to apply, as you just toss in an appropriate amount of spheres.

In addition, using the Agra Spheres is a great way to reduce the odors and flies so prevalent around swine waste systems. In addition to reducing sludge, odors and insects, this product also prevents crusting on the top level of your waste. There is nothing harmful in the product, and it is safe for people, animals and even plants.

Lianne Derocco likes blogging about products used in livestock waste treatment. To get further information about hog waste maintenance, or to find out more about products such as hog pit cleaner, please check out the BioverseAG.com site today.

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