Monty’s Sludge Relief program: the bio-organic solution for manure management.

Manure lagoons. Loafing sheds. Swine-manure pits. Stabilization ponds. Waste systems. Wherever manure collects, everyone wants a better way to manage it. And for farmers? The time, effort, cost, and missed-nutrient-opportunities of less-than-successful manure management can feel like a whole lot of waste. But that’s all changing now since Monty’s has a proven solution to these waste treatment challenges.


“Historically, collecting-systems suffer from sludge buildup,” says Monty’s Vice President and Agronomist Joe Dedman. “The liquids float on top, but the solids keep increasing to the point where you can’t pump the system out. This means farmers have to resort to excavation or dredging to clear the sludge, which can be extremely expensive, especially in large operations where lagoons measure in the millions of gallons.” 


“Manure-solids buildup also brings problems like flies and odor control. “They make it pretty hard to be a good neighbor,” Dedman says.


Enter the Monty’s solution: Sludge Relief and Nanobind program. When Sludge Relief is combined with Nanobind, farmers get microbes and enzymes that digest solids, turning waste into a pump-friendly slurry that allows pits to be drained more completely — with significantly less odor.


Pennsylvania dairy farmer Mike Heimbach says “Basically, we’ve had manure issues since we’ve had cows.” His million-gallon manure slurry tank regularly became so compacted that Heimbach could stand on the surface. On average, his workers spent 8 to 10 hours a day breaking up the crust until he eventually he had to break up the sludge with a digger. And whenever he applied the manure to his fields, neighbors’ complaints about odor were deafening. Despite Heimbach’s best efforts to work with everyone, even the FDA knocked on his door. But about four years ago, Heimbach began adding Monty’s Sludge Relief program to his tank every two months. And now? Complete drainage and complaint-free spreading days.