• 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.

  • INCREASING numbers of homes and businesses are recognising the environmental, efficiency and economic benefits of switching to wood-fired heating systems - but there is still confusion about which fuel source to opt for.

  • IN A major coup, VG Energy has signed a new dealer agreement with the world's leading manufacturer of heating technology systems, Viessmann.

  • FARMERS CONSIDERING making the switch to a wood-fuelled heating system have been made an offer that may prove hard to refuse - a biomass boiler system, free of charge.

  • THE BENEFITS of woodfuel were top of the agenda at an event held at Hopetoun Estate, near Edinburgh last week.