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SAC Consulting has developed agrecalc (Agricultural Resource Efficiency Calculator) which determines on-farm resource efficiency and emissions on an enterprise and per unit of output basis.
The calculator breaks down emissions and resource use by enterprise, identifying inefficiencies in routine farm activities, and highlighting areas where changes can be made that, when implemented, will reduce emissions. This allows for more efficient use of resources i.e. inputs, which strongly correlates with reduced production costs per kg of output, improving profitability of the farm business.
The three main greenhouse gases produced from agriculture include carbon dioxide, produced by burning fossil fuels; methane, produced as a natural by-product of animal digestion and; nitrous oxide which is released from soils following the application of nitrogen fertiliser (manufactured and organic) and soil disturbance.
SAC Consultancy draws on support from SRUC Research in the development of agrecalc, with specialist knowledge on the impact of agriculture and the land based industries on climate change, and the practical steps on farm which can be taken to reduce carbon emissions. SRUC has a proven track record of research and advice covering a wide range of carbon issues in soil, crop and livestock production. This strong science base ensures our consultants provide up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant advice on carbon management in working with farmer and industry clients.
Key features of agrecalc:
• Generation of year-on-year comparisons, benchmarks and key performance indicators
• Emissions are calculated for the whole farm, per enterprise and per unit of saleable product
• Enterprises include beef, sheep, dairy, pigs, poultry, cereals, oilseeds, potatoes, vegetables and fruits
• Based on a PAS2050 compliant tool providing assurance that the greenhouse gas emissions being reported are calculated in a consistent way across the industry
• IPCC Tier I and Tier II calculations used
• Enables the future-proofing of your business
Login or register to calculate the resource use efficiency of a farm, compare results year-on-year or to benchmarks, assess different scenarios and find out what areas need further attention in terms of emission mitigation.