Resource Study to Shed Light on Poultry Industry
Byline: RICHARD HALLERON
A PROJECT analysing resource use in the United Kingdom poultry production has gained the support of industry leaders and is now seeking the participation of more smaller companies.
The study into the 'mass balance' of the industry, being undertaken by Reading Agricultural Consultants, is investigating resource flows and will help identify opportunities for improved use of resources for greater sustainability and establish environmental benchmarks.
The project, funded by Biffaward, a multi-million pound environment fund, out of the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme, is providing an overview of energy and materials flows and waste management through the poultry industry from feed mills, through breeding and rearing to processing.
"Already around 90 per cent of the poultry industry has agreed to provide data,'' says Peter Danks, managing director of Reading Agricultural Consultants. "We would now like to involve more of the smaller enterprises including individual farmers.''
Companies supporting the project include ABN, Aviagen, Bernard Matthews Foods, BOCM Pauls, British United Turkeys, Cobb Europe, Grampian Country Foods, Kelly Turkeys, Lloyd Maunder, Manor Farm Ducklings, NFU, PDM Group and 2 Sisters Food Group.
"These companies have already committed funding and many others are supporting the project by contributing data,'' says Mr Danks.
Alison Holdsworth, project manager, says: "Environmental benchmarking is a useful management tool used to identify areas for improvement by comparison with other businesses in the sector. …