Laboratory experiments were conducted using magnesium chloride (MgCl2·6H2O, 64% solution) to force the precipitation of phosphorus and reduce the concentration of soluble phosphorus (PO4 3?) in two swine wastes. One of the swine wastes tested contained a high concentration of PO4 3? (initially ~ 1,000 mg/L), and the other swine waste tested contained a low concentration of PO4 3? (initially ~230 mg/L). The precipitation reactions were performed to determine the required reaction time, pH, magnesium addition rate and seed material for future precipitate recovery work. For the high and low concentration waste, a 10- minute reaction time at a pH of 8.6 was sufficient to remove 98 and 96% of the PO4 3? from solution. A molar ratio of Mg2+:PO4 3? of 1.6:1 was determined to be effective for PO4 3? removal from both the low and high strength wastes. At a molar ratio of 1.6:1, the PO3? in the high concentration waste was reduced from 590 to 12 mg/L. In the low concentration waste, the PO4 3? concentration was reduced from 157 to 15 mg/L. Seeding the reaction did not significantly enhance the recovery process.