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Energy use Questionnaire - from Teagasc / Irish Farming Independent / Macra na Feirme

During the National Ploughing Championships 2012 we are conducting research into how you manage energy usage on your farm and we would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete a short, confidential questionnaire to help Teagasc / Irish Farming Independent / Macra na Feirme and industry suppliers to better serve your needs. The results of the survey will be published in The Farming Independent in the coming weeks.

Barry Caslin, Teagasc said: “In farming energy costs may only represent a small percentage of turnover, but reducing them can directly increase profits and competitiveness. At a national level, we need to improve our energy security by reducing our dependence on imported fossil fuels. Energy efficiency is the first step to take to reduce your energy bills. Carry out an energy audit on your unit to identify any savings that can be made by doing things differently. Once these savings have been made then the renewable energy options can be considered.”

Declan O’Brien, Editor of the Farming Independent said: “The survey is conducted in response to the growing national interest in increasing on-farm energy efficiency and renewable energy production in Ireland. The results will help - producers, policy makers and the public better understand the contribution of on-farm energy production and farmer awareness of energy costs. The survey also provides an opportunity for producers to highlight the steps they are taking to reduce their energy costs.”

Alan Jagoe, President of Macra na Feirme described on-farm energy costs as an "invisible form of expense. High energy prices aren't going to go away. Dairy farms' have a heavy reliance on electricity, mostly for collecting and cooling milk, heating water and lighting, so this provides many opportunities to conserve energy. Macra wish to raise awareness of energy conservation amongst farmers and motivate them to reduce waste. A cut in energy costs ultimately results in the same bottom line benefit as an increase in sales.”

The survey only takes 4 minutes to complete on-line at the Teagasc, Macra Na Feirme and Farming Independent stands at the ploughing. Farmers who are not able to attend the ploughing can complete the survey by logging on to www.surveymonkey.com/s/HXRGTRM. AIB Bank has kindly sponsored an Apple laptop, the winner of which will be drawn on the Thursday, from all the submitted entries over the three days at the Ploughing Championships.