Kilkenny event puts spend on energy in the spotlight
Published 05/12/2012 | 06:00
Farmers could be burning up to €2,000 in costly tractor diesel unnecessarily every year, Teagasc's Dermot Forristal has warned.
Choosing tractors with low fuel efficiency can drastically affect the amount of expensive tractor fuel required on the farm, he advised.
"There are significant differences in fuel efficiency between makes and models of tractors on the market," explained the machinery expert.
Mr Forristal was speaking ahead of the inaugural Teagasc National Agricultural Energy Efficiency Conference, which will take place this Thursday, December 6, at the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny.
"Depending on the size of the tractor, there can be fuel consumption differences of up to 18pc.
"If you take an 80kw or 110-horsepower tractor doing heavy work for 1,000 hours in the year, a difference of 18pc in fuel efficiency will cost the farmer €1,500-2,000 per year," he explained.
Mr Forristal added that simple changes to field operations on tillage farms could also see farmers make significant savings on energy and machinery costs.
"Plough depths have increased over the past 20 year for no real reason," he said.