Poultry farmers win right to create energy from litter

New European poultry litter rules will help the poultry industry become more sustainable and produce healthier birds, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

New EU regulation, which comes into force on 15 July 2014, states that all poultry farmers operating in a member state will be allowed to combust poultry litter on their farms to create energy. This represents a milestone for the NFU which has been lobbying for permission for its farmers for seven 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.

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.


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