A reduction of 0.5p/kg of weight gain in production costs, achieved through lower fuel bills could be worth £3m to the pig sector, BPEX has estimated.

With that in mind, BPEX has commissioned a two-year project with Farmex to monitor electrical energy consumption of commercial pig units.

Monitoring energy input at each stage of production will identify opportunities for reduction without compromising production losses, MLC’s Nigel Penlington told visitors to the event.

“The study involves monitoring the energy that each piece of machinery uses, when it is used and the interaction with building and pig performance. Improvements will then be made where appropriate and monitored.”

A range of farm and building types across England have been selected to enable comparisons to be made between different production systems.