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Benefits of using Agrecalc © powered by SRUC and SAC Consulting

A resource use assessment, also known as a carbon footprint, shows the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions produced from routine farm activities, highlighting areas where changes can be made that, when implemented, will reduce emissions.

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.

Making more efficient use of resources strongly correlates with reduced production costs per kg of output, improving profitability of the farm business

SRUC is unique in UK agriculture in the extent to which one organisation combines Education, Research and Consultancy. SAC Consultancy has drawn on support from SRUC research in the development of its carbon management services and tools. SRUC research is increasingly focused 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 the minute comprehensive advice on carbon management which they then roll out to their farmer clients in practical terms.

Development of Agrecalc © (Agricultural Resource Efficiency Calculator)

SAC Consulting has developed an agricultural resource efficiency calculator that determines on-farm emissions down to enterprise and per unit of output basis; the most meaningful comparisons when considering food production.

Only by breaking down emissions and resource use by enterprise can weaknesses be identified and actions to improve performance highlighted.

Key features of Agrecalc ©