Industry Focus

Energy

Many producers were involved in the energy audit that was conducted on APL’s behalf by the Energy Guys. As electricity, fuel and gas prices have increased by 25–40% over the past few years in pig production areas, the need to reduce energy costs is high on the agenda of Australian pig producers. The information and lessons learnt from this audit have now been published as a booklet.

This booklet contains details on how to monitor energy usage and provides key benchmarking data for lighting, heating, ventilation and pumping. In addition, electricity tariffs and a series of case studies on biogas, boilers, LPG, and solar energy are also presented. Alternatives available to producers to reduce energy use include choosing the best tariff, managing power usage and considering alternate power sources.

Understanding Energy in Pig Production