In November of 1984 back in Nebraska, I mowed lawns for one season. I bagged the grass in plastic bags and then stockpiled all the bags in what would become a very smart and orderly arrangement on my farm that would later lead to the invention of the BioPac'r.
At the end of the season I hired a dump truck to haul all grass clippings away to my local landfill. Bags where stacked upon bags 6 feet high and 30 feet deep. The bagged grass clippings reeked. Interestingly enough, when we dug down to a particular layer, the grass smelled like candy, a sweet smell emerged from these bags. At the time, I had three cows looking over the fence at me in loneliness because by this point the grass pastures around my place were all dried up. What the heck, I broke open one of the candy bags and tossed it over the fence and it was eaten up in 60 seconds! I had a light bulb moment
. I figured if I could feed these bag clippings to the herd, I wouldn't have to pay a dump fee or the truck driver; I began unloading the truck and we proceeded down the fence line until there was a line of steaming and smelly clippings. I also noticed the bottom layers were real slimy, watery and smelled putrid. By the next morning there were 30 head laying around the clippings, some of the cows were laying in the old clippings, but much of the line of decomposing clipping were not eaten! I discovered that the candy clippings that smelled the best were the only ones touched. Over the next week, the real bad stuff just stayed there and the cows headed back out to "greener pastures". I stopped mowing that season and never thought about it again until recently.
My company began mowing again a few years ago and I hated paying $90/ton to throw the grass clippings away. My neighboring lawn mowing company had a 10' tall pile of rotting, composting lawn clippings that every day I had to smell when the wind blew north; it got me to thinking about my early career in mowing. Over a period of 24 months of testing, I discovered a "Proprietary Secret" for which the BioPac'r is Patented for, by reproducing the candy smelling "Tummy Yummies" of that late November day in Nebraska.
The BioPac'r can compact and process 1600 pounds of clippings at a time if the purchaser buys the optional silage attachment. Otherwise, the user can upload the entire compressed loaf in 60 seconds saving hundreds of hours of labor each season compared to unloading a pickup or trailer by hand. BioPac-r.com
has a calculator with a formula for discovering the financial benefits of using this device.
Thanks for asking Steve, this was the first time I ever documented the story.