06-06-2014 07:11 AM | News, Poultry, Renewables

European laws to allow chicken litter for on-farm energy



European laws to allow chicken litter for on-farm energy
New European laws are to be introduced which will allow the UK's poultry industry to make use of chicken litter for on-farm energy.

From July 15, all poultry farmers across the EU will be allowed to combust poultry litter on-farm to create energy, something which the NFU has been lobbying for, for several years.

NFU poultry board chairman Duncan Priestner said: “This represents a massive, positive development for the poultry industry, one which embraces new technology and is keen to make use of on-farm by-products, both to the benefit of business and the environment, by relying less on traditional energy sources,” said Mr Priestner.

“There are also a number of other benefits, including healthier birds, minimised biosecurity risks and opportunities to use nutrient-rich ash on farmland. Our poultry farmers will be able to take advantage of these opportunities, and we are working closely with Government to ensure it keeps regulatory burden to a minimum, costs down, re-enforces its commitment to supporting renewable energy and sustainable food production and that systems are in place to approve combustion plants as soon as possible.”

NFU member and Norfolk-based poultry farmers Nigel and Patrick Joice, who produce 5.8million birds per year, have been trialling the system since 2012. Their two 55kw biomass burners have managed to produce up to 93 per cent of the farm’s heat requirements and this research has helped to shape legislation.

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