Oct. 12, 2007 -- University experiments and trial runs on real dairy farms and swine facilities are proving that UNLOK™ is effective at quelling odorous lagoon emissions.
Scientific tests at Penn State are proving that virtually all of the odor emissions from waste lagoons are eliminated with UNLOK.
Dr. Jerzy Dec, Ph.D., a longtime Penn State researcher, said, "I've tested other products from other sources, and they were not that great, but this product was amazing."
Dec's data shows a dramatic reduction in twelve different odor concentrations -- over 90% reduced. Further results show the smell didn't come back after 42 days in the lab, indicating that the treatment is long-lasting. He says a new round of tests using more of the product is showing odor simply disappears altogether.
The reason is that UNLOK delivers sources of nitrate oxygen to aerobic and facultative bacterial microbes that are naturally present in animal wastewater, causing accelerated decomposition. The results are a decrease in odorous compounds, faster solids reductions, reduced production of volatile organic compounds, and cleaner flush water. In the presence of nitrate oxygen, these bacteria will grow exponentially and enhance aerobic processes caused by a biochemical response.
Dairyman Robert Wade, of the Texas panhandle, says the aerobic bubbling action is evidence that the UNLOK's oxygenation process is why odor is gone from his barn flush water. "Now, the flush water in the lagoon is foaming. That shows the bacteria are working," Wade said.
UNLOK is proving to be a cost effective solution, Wade said, and there are no moving parts to break or excessive energy costs to worry about.
UNLOK's agricultural uses were first discovered by Idaho dairyman John Reitsma. Plagued by complaints from the local community about his lagoon odors on his 3,500-cow facility, Reitsma -- and his neighbors -- found the product results so impressive, that he bought the rights and began marketing it with his sons Ryan and Dirk.