Energy use on pig farms
Energy is one of the major inputs to both intensive and extensive pig systems.
It is accounted by heating, ventilation, feed production and distribution, and slurry systems. Energy efficiency is important in the control of emissions to the atmosphere. By comparing benchmark figures against actual energy use on individual units, it is possible to establish where savings can be made. Improvements in insulation, automation and general building performance can greatly improve energy efficiency with attendant improvements in pig performance and welfare.
Further to work carried out by AHDB Pork the Carbon Trust has produced benchmark figures for pig farmers to measure their energy efficiency: Download booklet
The Carbon Trust Advice Line can give you guidance and support on how to assess the energy use on your site. They also offer practical advice on how to take action, improve efficiency and reduce costs. For more information click here.
The Farm Energy Centre has also produced a number of technical guides and notes on energy efficiency. The list of available publications, as well as an order form, can be downloaded here. Alternatively, contact FEC Services: 024 7669 6512 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Farmex/AHDB Pork Energy project was a small scale pilot project to measure electricity use at a practical level. Readings from a total of 84 meters were recorded every 15 minutes over a period of 1 to 2 years on 11 different farms.
NB While the measurements covered a spectrum of farms, a range of use and varying styles of production, the numbers are too small, and the variation within them so great, that they should not be considered typical, average or representative as such.
Further Research on Energy Efficiency
AHDB Pork is in the process of investigating LED lighting for pigs, including conduction some on-farm trials
Lighting for Pig Units - A report compiled for AHDB Pork by Dr Nina Taylor, submitted 30/04/2010
Financial Incentives and assistance
The Carbon Trust offers Energy Efficiency Financing which helps companies invest in energy efficient equipment by offering low interest loans which offer a flexible repayment scheme.