The world of farming consists of early mornings and late nights, the diversification throughout the year can change massively from what farms produce to sell and what types of waste they have to manage. This can not only produce more challenges from a management perspective but affect how secure the farm is from a biosecurity standpoint.
There are truly an endless amount of sectors within the world of farming, here are a few of the most important ones we come across with waste disposal challenges:
Livestock – Lambing season:
The start of spring is when the lambing season truly comes into action and farmers get ready for more than 15 million ewes preparing to give birth. It represents the end of the long winter months and lets everyone know that spring is on its way. Lambing season is the opportunity to massively increase a farms livestock numbers and revenue – it therefore has huge financial implications for the farm’s profits. It is therefore important to manage the risks to minimise financial loss as much as possible. This is where increasing biosecurity using a sheep/lamb incinerator becomes a critical step in the process of securing the farm’s assets.
Livestock – Fallen Stock:
With the amount of livestock UK farms have there is the unfortunate nature of animals becoming ill or being killed due to external causes, these cases can be referred to as fallen stock. Fallen stock numbers are considerable within the UK and therefore it is one of the biggest financial losses farmers face every year, but farmers can put procedures in place to limit their loss.
It is estimated that more than 40 million farm animals die each year in the UK before they reach the slaughterhouse, an area that needs to be looked at from a biosecurity standpoint. All of these have to be disposed of quickly and efficiently to limit any further risks to the farm’s livestock, this is where fallen stock incinerators come in and can greatly increase bio security and reduce costs dramatically if the farm is using external companies to deal with their fallen stock.
Game and Hunt:
Game hunting is still a popular sport within the UK and consists of wild animals hunted for their meat. They are predominantly birds such as pheasants or animals such as deer that are hunted and killed. Under UK law requires only killing what is going to be used, this means there should be zero waste? Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and due to a range of factors waste is always occurring. Biosecurity and disease is an area of interest within this sector and due to the nature of these wild animals, they carry a higher risk and thus need to be dealt with to eliminate potential outbreaks.
This is again where incineration comes in, knowing that they can quickly destroy unusable game or hunt waste in a safe and controlled manner, leaving organic ash that can be disposed easily due to its non-hazardous nature.
Biosecurity is a critical aspect that every farm considers, Biosecurity refers to measures aimed at preventing the introduction or spread of potentially harmful disease or viruses to animals and plants. This is done by minimizing the risk of transmission of infectious disease through a robust considered waste plan . Although we can never eliminate these issues completely, putting procedures in place will massively reduce the chances of unwanted outbreaks.
One of these procedures is choosing an incinerator to destroy waste quickly and safely. Whether that be animal waste or fallen stock, being able to destroy them straight away on site limits the chances of potentially spread and keeps the farm as secure as possible.
General farming waste:
With farming comes a wide range of waste, this can be animal by-products, perished crops or the used packaging* and containers from fertilisers and vitamins used for livestock and crops. This waste needs to be managed and disposed of, this is normally done through landfill via an external company costing a significant amount each month. More and more farms are now investing in on-site incinerators to do these tasks, this allows them to reduce the waste quicker but also save huge amounts of money in the process.
*If you plan to incinerate anything other than animal by products (ABP) In the UK or EU you will need to apply for a permit in most cases. Please check with your local authority.
Abattoirs and Slaughterhouses:
1.2 billion, that is the number of animals killed every year in UK abattoirs and slaughterhouses. As a nation we love meat, 87% of the UK eat meat as part of their normal diet which roughly equates to 57 million people consuming it on a regular basis. The fall out of this is 1.2 billion animal carcasses that need to be dealt with every single year. There are a number of these carcasses that get repurposed or reused but for many, they need a disposal method.
Choosing incineration as the method not only removes any chance of disease outbreaks but also massively reduces the overall mass of the remaining carcasses. On average the incineration process will leave just 3-10% of the original weight and overall mass in a completely organic innate ash which can then be used in a variety of ways.
Thinking about your farm and the benefits an onsite incinerator would bring
These are some of the main sectors which benefit most from incineration but there are an countless benefits to having an onsite incinerator – available at a moments notice to tackle biosecurity issues or deal with the day to day waste* within the agriculture and farming industry. Buying an incinerator not only protects your farm but actually saves you money as a long term investment; with fallen stock collection prices getting to all-time highs, there has never been a better time to consider if an incinerator is the right choice for your farm.
Inciner8 are a world-leading supplier of incineration systems, designed to provide efficient waste destruction and minimise biosecurity threats within the agriculture and farming industry. Utilising the best available technologies and high-quality British manufacturing we can deliver a solution that is perfect for your needs and delivers when you need it the most.
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