September 30, 2016
By Tony Kryzanowski
Dairy farms depend on the price of milk, but milk prices can fluctuate wildly. At present, milk prices in the New England area are about half of what they were two years ago. Sometimes, production costs can even exceed revenue.
To weather milk price fluctuations like this, Massachusetts-based Longview Farm has focused on reducing input costs and capturing more value from their manure as part of their sustainability plan.
The heart of their plan is an investment with Vanguard Renewables in the construction and operation of a 600,000-gallon capacity anaerobic digester to treat their manure. It processes about 9,125 tons of liquid manure annually.