Agriculture and horticulture covers lots of types of business. The dairy farmer uses refrigeration, vacuum pumping and water heating to extract and conserve their cows’ milk, while a horticulturalist needs to carefully maintain and control a green house environment, irrigation and mechanical handling to produce plants. Between these two examples are many other types of special activities – areas like intensive livestock, field cereals and vegetable production.
But, just like any business, agriculture and horticulture are industries that use energy to improve efficiency and quality, and to provide the best environment for what they produce.
We look at some of the ways where energy efficiency can enhance quality and profit in agriculture and horticulture, and to help improve the care of animals and plants.
* Derived from DEFRA report AC0401: Direct energy use in agriculture: opportunities for reducing fossil fuel inputs.
The pie chart shows an average example of energy use in agriculture and horticulture. Of course, there’s really no such thing as an average agriculture and horticulture business, and these figures will vary depending on the specific business.
For instance, cereal producers will use lots of energy for drying, while intensive livestock farmers are likely to use most of their energy for heating and ventilation.
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