Brendle Farm is located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The total farm acreage is 725, where there are 115 acres used to grow corn and 80 acres for hay, with 360 acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). This caged layer facility has two operating houses with 36,000 birds each for a total of 72,000 laying hens. Brendle farm also raises their own pullets.
While the farm owner was in graduate school, his research on anaerobic digestion later prompted him to apply the technology to the family farm. He saw the digester’s implementation as a way the farm could be proactive in the local community, innovative in the farming community, and turn their millions of gallons of liquid manure into a resource. The farm intended to handle the manure in a liquid form in order to apply the nutrients to crop land through irrigation.
IFES Number: 394
Type of Firm: Farm
Main Products: Caged layer
Size of Firm: 725 acres; 72,000 laying hens
Ownership Type: private
Year Installed: 1984
Year Closed: 2008
Energy Feedstock: Chicken manure
Energy Produced: Biogas produced: 28000 cu_ft/day
TCO2 Eq Avoided: 72000 metric tons CO2E/yr