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Clamp Right! – Good digester biology begins in the clamp

5 September 2019

10:00am – 4:30pm

Farmers Club

The Bury St Edmunds & Farmers Club
10 Northgate Street Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1HQ

Increase the yield of your feedstock by careful clamping.

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Looking at the whole process, from planning and monitoring crops, through filling and covering the clamp, monitoring the silage quality to feed-out/ emptying and considering environmental challenges and contract management. Whether you do this yourself, or contract it out, slight modifications can bring a significant improvement in yield. Even a 5 or 10% increase in yield will produce huge financial benefits, immediately and across the lifespan of your plant. 


Planning the crop, monitoring the feedstock – Jeremy Dale, Managing Director, AD Feedstock Services
Filling & covering the clamp: the golden rules – Will Wilson, Business Development Director, Ark Agricultural
Maximising methane from forage feedstocks  - Andy Strzelecki, Technical Director, Kelvin Cave Ltd
Feed-out – Will Mallon, Managing Director, WM Agri
Working with sub-contractors: contract management - Jonathan Croley, Associate, Ashfords LLP
Environmental challenges – Alan Jones, Environment Officer, the Environment Agency

This event will look at the complete process of clamping, including: addressing feedstock issues, with an overview of how to plan feedstock effectively;  the importance of monitoring & how this overarches the whole process; how to safely and efficiently fill the clamp; considerations of size and location; covering the clamp effectively – how and when; working on the clamp safely; emptying/ feed-out – the right tools and the right processes. 

As clamping often involves working with sub-contractors, we have invited Ashfords to deliver a presentation to address some of the key aspects of contract management, including: contractual models for clamping services: the inputs-based service model, the outcomes-based service model (payment for preservation of feedstock quality); the barriers to these; health and safety aspects; relationships with feedstock providers and their contractual requirements.

There will also be a presentation from the Environment Agency, looking at the environmental challenges of clamping and how the EA can work together with the farming and AD communities for the mutual benefit of all.

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