Making it add up
“With the improvements we needed to make, the figures on the beef and sheep just did not add up for us”, Duncan said. “So, we decided to look for an alternative that would work for the farm and would allow us both to come home”. With several neighbouring farms having expanded into free range, they thought that the sector could offer an alternative worth exploring. “We took some advice and had a look around a few other farms, and then from there decided to put in for the planning permission”, Duncan said.
“In 2016 we put up our first shed of 32,000 birds and since then it has gone really well, which led us to expand and put up another shed of the same size last year”.
It was when they went to build their second shed that the Davies’ found that NRW’s rules around ammonia emissions had stricter. Whilst their planning permission went through easily, the application for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution and Prevention Control) permit required them to reduce the ammonia in the air emitted from the shed by 70%.