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Renewables in Spotlight for Poultry Farmers

03 April 2013
National Farmers Union

UK - Young poultry producers from across the UK have been out-and-about learning about how renewable energy can make a positive difference to their businesses.

Members of the NFU and ABN’s Poultry Industry Programme visited a farm in Norfolk where they got to see solar arrays, a wind turbine built especially for the visit and a potentially ground-breaking biomass unit which could eventually be used for transforming chicken litter into clean and cost-efficient energy.

NFU poultry adviser Chris Dickinson said: “The wider farming industry faces a number of challenges and renewable energy is just one example but it also provides a number of opportunities.

“Nigel Joice’s Uphouse Farm was kind enough to host this event where the young poultry professionals, who we hope will end up becoming some of the industry’s future leaders, got to learn more about how they can make the most of renewable energy and how they will increasingly be putting these various schemes to use as part of their businesses.”

Partners on the day included BHSL, which built the biomass unit, solar panel firm Ren Energy and Windcrop.

Experts from all three companies gave the poultry producers an insight into how they work, and there were further talks by the NFU’s chief renewable energy adviser Dr Jonathan Scurlock, Andrew Kneeshaw from the Farm Energy Service and Craig Dasilver from Applied Poultry.

Richard Moody, general manager of Windcrop’s Yorkshire office, said: “Having already worked with poultry farmers across the UK, we are proud to be involved in inspiring a new generation.

"Using farmland and facilities to generate on-site, environmentally friendly energy not only helps to cut carbon footprint but also reduces costs and can provide an additional source of revenue.

“The adoption of renewable energy will help the industry’s up-and-coming talent to continue building innovative, profitable and sustainable businesses for the future.”

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