The UKs poultry industry has a chance tobecome more sustainable economically and environmentally thanks to newEuropean laws which will allow them to make use of chicken litter for on-farmenergy, the NFU has said.
From July 15, all poultry farmers across the EUwill be allowed to combust poultry litter on-farm to create energy, somethingwhich the NFU has been lobbying for, for several years.
NFU poultry board chairman Duncan Priestnersaid: This represents a massive, positive development for the poultryindustry, one which embraces new technology and is keen to make use of on-farmby-products, both to the benefit of business and the environment, by relyingless on traditional energy sources, said Mr Priestner.
Thereare also a number of other benefits, including healthier birds, minimisedbiosecurity risks and opportunities to use nutrient-rich ash on farmland. Ourpoultry farmers will be able to take advantage of these opportunities, and weare working closely with Government to ensure it keeps regulatory burden to aminimum, costs down, re-enforces its commitment to supporting renewable energyand sustainable food production and that systems are in place to approvecombustion plants as soon as possible.
NFU member and Norfolk-based poultry farmersNigel and Patrick Joice, who produce 5.8 million birds per year, have beentrialling the system since 2012. Their two 55kw biomass burners have managed toproduce up to 93 per cent of the farms heat requirements and this research hashelped to shape legislation.