HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The butter sculpture from the 2023 Pennsylvania Farm Show has been officially dismantled and taken to Juniata County where it will be used as a renewable energy source.

According to the American Dairy Association, the 1,000-pound butter sculpture was dismantled, and then taken by farmer Brett Reinford to his dairy farm in Mifflintown, Juniata County. Reinford has taken the butter for the past eight years.

At the farm, there are two methane digesters among the 1,350 acres of land. The butter, along with thousands of pounds of food waste from nearby retailers, is broken down into the digester to create renewable energy. 

One of two methane Digesters at Reinford Farms. Courtesy of American Dairy Association

“It’s the perfect example of a sustainable and cyclical operation,” said Reinford. “What we have is an anaerobic digester, and we put the butter into a big giant tank. we heat it up and melt it down and that creates methane. then we run it into our generators that creates renewable power for our farm and also about 600 homes.”

According to Reinford, the use of the digester diverts about 35,000 tons of food waste from landfills and turns it into a resource while reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

Reinford said the whole process of taking the sculpture apart and converting it into electricity takes around six hours to complete.