Milk your waste

Dairy farming in New Zealand is under significant financial pressure, with international competitors producing at rates that the current grass-fed system struggles to compete with.  1 in 7 dairy farms in NZ are not compliant with the new Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Zeecol offers a new model for not only cutting costs,  but milking your waste and taking a giant leap towards meeting compliance requirements.  Instead of putting it into the waterway, turn your waste into useful products.


Benefits for farmers

Save 20% on the elements making up approx. 70% of farm input costs (fuel, fertiliser, feed, electricity).

Improve farm sustainability. Recycle available waste and convert it into fuel, fertiliser, electricity and feed for use on the farm.

Reduce your environmental impact by converting nitrogen to a form that is oil soluble, easily absorbed by plants while not easily washed away in water.

Develop your own regular food source all year round with consistent nutritional oomph that is not dependent on factors outside your control such as weather. Algae are among the world’s fastest growing plants.

Maximise milk production through being in control of supplying a balanced TMR (Total Mixed Ration).  Lucern, maize, grass and wheat are plant products.  200,000 varieties of algae have been identified and these produce every plant product (starches, sugars, proteins, oils etc) available from these other plants.  So Zeecol produces the same TMR feed using algae sources only, at a 20% reduction in overall cost to the farmer.

You no longer have to purchase expensive external feed. 

Leverage the best milk solid prices through expanding your lactation window.

An ability to increase milk solid output without increasing herd size means greater profit from your herd.

Achieve improved stocking rates without the need for purchasing additional land.  Only a few hectares of photobioreactors are needed to replace hundreds of hectares of grasslands.  The system creates more efficient use of land, enabling increased production on a smaller footprint.

Lift your productivity even in dry seasons and arid environments. Determine what proportion of the feed in the feed barn will be algae vs regular feed as related to productivity gains.

Maintain stocking rates in the face of environmental pressure.



Harness the free power of the sun to produce milk more efficiently. In the traditional grass-fed system, less than 0.1% of the sunlight turns into plant biomass, and specialty products must be applied to the plants to produce at high efficiency, whilst animals produce wastes that must be disposed of.

Sunlight →  Plants → Mixing → Animals → Milk

In the Zeecol system, more than 22% of the sunlight turns into plant biomass by taking the animal wastes which are totally recycled.  This radically improves efficiencies while eliminating waste.  Algae don’t produce leaves, roots, seeds, stalks.  This saves energy and makes algae more efficient at a very deep level:

Sunlight → Algae → Extraction → Animals → Milk

The ability to influence through the enzyme process what the final output is, creates opportunities for value-added bi-products to diversify and create whole new income streams and business propositions.



What is the cost?

Are you a farmer? Zeecol has given just as much thought to how you will pay for its technology as it has figuring out how you will use and benefit from it.

The system requires hardware to be installed on the farm. The equipment is owned, managed and maintained by Zeecol.  You (the farmer) pay a participation fee based on herd numbers to cover the initial expense of installation. You then are charged for the facility’s output at a rate of 80% of the comparative input costs that are being replaced.

You don’t have to build, own, or operate the facility.
Zeecol does, while you reap the cost savings and profits.

You sell cow waste to Zeecol before the system converts it. You then agree to purchase the products (fuel, feed, fertilizer, and electricity) created by the Zeecol plant at discount market rates over a 20 year term. This cash flow goes towards funding the plant build.

For a reduction in the 20% purchase discount, Zeecol can in some cases extend a line of credit for the construction of free stall cow barns to approved customers. 

Start by cutting costs

Zeecol looks at what your operation currently uses in fuel, fertiliser, electricity and feed. We then offer to supply all we can from the Zeecol system. We utilise cow waste from your operation. We locate equipment on your farm.  We deliver product directly to you. We offer a 20% saving from what you are paying now on your fuel, electricity, fertiliser and feed costs.




Sign an Off-take contract

Zeecol does not ask its clients to buy equipment.  Instead, Zeecol asks farmers to buy inputs they are already buying elsewhere, from Zeecol at a substantial discount. Zeecol then installs, operates and maintains the equipment on your farm.

We ask our clients to sign an off-take contract. It’s the same way oil and gas wells are financned and its how we finance our operation on your farm.

An efficient and diverse market exists for financing oil and gas production.

The Zeecol system, with the farmers’ contracts, obtains financing the same way and oil and gas well owner obtains financing. 

Quality and delivery assured  

Since everything is made on your farm using waste produced on your farm, using equipment located on your farm, the quality of the products and their immediate delivery to you is assured.

Up and running in 18 months

Zeecol uses experienced and proven suppliers (many are local) for its equipment production. We will have a system up and running on your farm in 18 months after signing an off-take contract.


First steps

We ask clients to sign a Letter of Intent and pay a small participation fee.  We then complete a detailed engineering analysis, and get your approval on what must be installed.  You then sign an off-take contract.  Zeecol gets that financed and commences.


This model is currently best suited to large herds and barn systems which enable a capture of up to 35% of waste, or feed lots which capture …..

Future opportunities

Oils processed into feeds and fuels may also be processed into human foods, nutraceuticals, cosmetics and medicines, which opens the way to process milk into high value products. In some other countries, these are then sold retail direct from the farm, much the same way that estate bottled wines, or estate coffees are sold today. 


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