• BIOMASS BOILERS are often promoted as having an efficiency of greater than 90% - but recently released independent research data shows that these claims can be overstated and that many installations will only be performing at between 58 and 75% for a variety of reasons, Adam Baxendine, of Smiths Gore, has warned.

  • IT HASN'T been without stumbling blocks, but for south-west farmer Iain Service, the long struggle to get his Anaerobic Digestion Plant up and running now has an end in sight.

  • NEW TWO-STAGE anaerobic digesters are now available in Scotland, aimed squarely at the farmscale market because of their ability to run on feedstocks with a high content of grass silage or straw-based manures.

  • A FERRY which once carried passengers around the Greek islands has found a new lease of life off the West of Scotland - transporting timber from remote coastal and island locations to markets on the mainland.

  • Raising broiler chickens is big business in Northern Ireland - but the energy costs for heating broiler houses, from around 32oC for the young birds, lowering to 23oC by about the fifth week, are considerable and can have major impact on gross margins.

  • A LOT OF farm businesses have gone down the route of diversification in the past few years, and renewable energy developments have certainly been an avenue that many have at least attempted, with varying degrees of success.

  • ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY farming champions the Soil Association have a couple of events coming up this month, free for farmers and land managers to attend.

  • A NEW compact anaerobic digester aimed specifically at the farm market has been launched by Devon-based developers NGB.

  • With harvest underway, the good news for one Arbroath farmer is that investment in two batch boilers has slashed his potential grain drying costs by around 70%.

  • THIS SPRING saw Keswick farmer, Steven Clarke, take a different direction in diversification when he planted 28 acres of willow.