Brendles Egg Farm

Description:

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.

 

Partial view of the digester, construction of the new roof and the storage pond in the background at Brendle Farm

Partial view of the digester, construction of the new roof and the storage pond in the background (credit: Penn State Extension)

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

City: Somerset

State: PA

Country: USA

Type of Firm: Farm

Main Products: Caged layer

Size of Firm: 725 acres; 72,000 laying hens

Ownership Type: private

Technology: Biogas

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

Website: http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/energy/waste-to-energy/resources/biogas/documents/brendle.pdf

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