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Joint Venture for Integrating Livestock and Ethanol Operations

16 August 2006

Hybrid Fuels has reached an agreement in principle with the A4 Bar Cattle Company Ltd. in Alberta, Canada covering a proposed joint venture to develop an operation for the integration of cattle “feeding-to-finish” with production of fuel ethanol.

The joint venture will develop and operate the proposed Siksika A4 Bar Farm Operations Project, consisting initially of the construction of two facilities using Hybrid Fuels’s technology together with cattle supplied by A4 Bar Cattle Company.

The barns constructed for the Siksika Project will be atmospherically controlled and will contain fly control devices. Cattle in the barns will be fed a diet of wet distillers grains (WDG) resulting from ethanol production and which will be supplemented by a daily ration of barley grass grown hydroponically. The barley grain serves as the feedstock for fermentation.

The Hybrid Fuels’ system uses the manure and bedding straw from the pens in a gasifier/burner that provides heat energy for the ethanol production and the hydroponics feed system.

Hybrid Fuels expects that the initial phase of the proposed Siksika Project of two facilities will produce up to 3,000 liters of ethanol daily, generate up to 1 megawatt of power, finish up to 2,400 head of cattle annually and provide up to 10 full time jobs. The hydroponics section of the barn is designed to have the grass growing equivalent of up to approximately 1,600 acres of grassland.

Provided the initial phase of the Siksika Project meets the expectations of the joint venture participants, A4 Bar Cattle Company Ltd. and Hybrid Fuels (Canada) Inc., the agreement between the parties allows for the construction of additional facilities.

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I'm all for integrated systems. Just not sure I like factory farmed, "zero-graze" cattle to be part of the system...

I agree with JN2. This is just a little weird.

This almost seems like a magic bullet is there a down
side.it almost seems like a complete eco system and can this same tech be used on pig farms where the nunmber of amaimals are much greater.and as far as the cow not grazing just remember that veal parm sub you ate

Cattle evolved to walk around fields and through streams with the sun on their back, eating fresh grass with occasional weeds as herbal medicine. Earthworms and other bugs recycled the manure back into the soil. That was the old days before SUV culture dictated everything.

This IS weird. That being said, it's already been done:
E3 Biofuels has been at this for a while, and have arguably better (and patented) process and efficiency. The introduction of hydroponic barley grass is a smart move in being able to sustain the biofuel output at all times of the year (if I'm correct that it is grown indoors). In any event, it's a sound concept IMHO.

By integrating cattle feeding with the ethanol plant, you can avoid drying the spent grain. This considerably improves the parasitic energy consumption of the ethanol production process.

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