Characterization of dairy milk house waste water in Kentucky

Anshu Singh, Czarena L. Crofcheck, Gail M. Brion

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This study focuses on characterization of milk house waste water from eight different farms in Kentucky. The farms were separated into three groups based on the number of cows: small (20-30), medium (30-60), and large (over 60 cows). Samples were collected once a month from four farms and twice a month from the remainder. Samples were analyzed for chemical, biochemical, and microbiological characteristics. Results indicated a large and significant variation in the chemical and microbiological characteristics between the farms. Farm size had a significant effect on the nutrient content of the waste water. Though samples exhibited seasonal variation, there was no trend. Based on the results we will investigate the use of anaerobic-aerobic-anoxic-aerobic sequencing batch reactor (SBR) to treat milk house waste water on a pilot scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-170
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Engineering in Agriculture
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Bacteria
  • Bacteriophage
  • Dairy waste water
  • Nutrients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (all)


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