Fuel is one of the main costs for any business, but Welsh farmers are being offered advice on how they can reduce their fuel bills this winter.
A new article written for the Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) website by a UK beef specialist could provide a simple solution to cutting the amount of fuel farmers use during the winter.
The article, by Basil Lowman from the Scottish Agricultural College, looks at how farmers could save money by building silage and straw storage pads closer to buildings in order to reduce the amount of time and fuel farmers spend retrieving bales.
The practical advice includes ensuring that you use a dry base to avoid tractor ruts and a reminder to consider how pests can be controlled.
“As well as potential savings in time and fuel a purpose built storage area will reduce waste which with straw currently approaching £10 per bale and silage £30 per bale, can soon pay for itself.” said Mr Lowman.
John Richards, HCC’s Industry Information Officer, said “Feed and fuel costs are two of the biggest outgoings for a farm and any steps you can take to reduce these can make a positive impact on the profitability of the business.”
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