Jordan Dairy Farms continues its commitment to sustaining the farm for future generations and protecting the environment by adding a second Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester at the Jordan Dairy Farms Heifer Facility in Spencer, Massachusetts. The first farm in New England to host an anaerobic digester back in 2011 in Rutland, Jordan Dairy Farms now becomes the first New England farm to host two Farm Powered Anaerobic Digesters with the addition of the Spencer location.
Jordan Dairy Farms is a six-generation dairy operation founded in 1885. The farm is a member of the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Cooperative and is operated by brothers Randy and Brian Jordan.
The Farm Powered anaerobic digester at the Spencer location features a 660,000-gallon capacity anaerobic digester tank and co-digests more than 10 tons of manure and 100 tons of organics daily. It produces 8,410 MWh of renewable energy per year from a 1 MW engine and displace 5,500 lbs. of CO2 emissions daily.
Manure from the dairy operation and organic food waste are combined in the anaerobic digester and microorganisms convert sugars, fats, and other compounds into biogas to produce renewable energy. The digestate by-product of the process is an odor-free organic, liquid fertilizer. The farm also receives low-cost energy and hot water and heat for farm operations.
- Liquid, organic fertilizer to increase crop yields
- Reduced energy cost
- Odor reduction
- Reduction in chemical fertilizer use
- Enhance nutrient management plan
- Heat reuse
- 950-acre dairy farm
- Founded in 1885
- 800 Holstein cows/300 milked daily
- Located in Spencer, Mass.
- Member of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)
- Built 2018
- 660,000-gallon capacity
- 160,000-gallon hydrolyzer
- Provides energy via Public Net Metering credits to local area
Tons of Manure Daily
Tons of Food Waste Daily
MWh of renewable energy annually
Lbs. of CO2 emissions daily