Henfron Farm has been the base for several Biochar research projects.
Oganising an event or conference?
With our mobile retort we can travel to your event. Attendees can learn all about Biochar with a demonstartion and informative talk. We can even process your biomass into Biochar onsite.
Contact Tony to discuss your requirements.
We can also make Biochar with your biomass, it could be almost anything: grass, straw, rushes, gorse, leaves, bracken and wood are just a few of the materials that we have processed into biochar.
Recently we have been working on the RE-DIRECT project which is investigating the feasibility of converting unused biomass resources into carbon products.
The EU funded RE-DIRECT project incorporates partners from 5 European countries; Germany, France, Belgium, Ireland and the UK
Biochar Animal Feed Additives
Initial research suggests that a little Biochar in a cows diet improves digestion efficiency and possibly reduces harmful emissions.
We are in the early stages of a two year research trialling biochar in the diets of sheep and cows.
The following is from the 'Ithakia Institute for Carbon Intelligence' :
"Charcoal is probably the oldest and most efficient remedy in the history of animal farming. Somewhat forgotten over the last 50 years, it has been rediscovered thanks to modern biochar research. The use of biochar as a feed additive has a number of beneficial effects for both animals and the entire livestock eco-system: improved animal health, nutrient management and feed efficiency as well as the reduction of manure related odors."
Welsh Government Nature Fund Elynedd Purple Moor Grass project
The aim of the Welsh Government Nature Fund project was to develop sustainable solutions to the problem of Purple Moor grass (Molinia) dominating habitat areas.
The outcome of the project was that Biochar processed from Molinia grass has a high carbon content making it useful for carbon sequestration.
Biochar Compost project
Henfron Farm was the base for a compost research project using sheep manure and biochar. The resulting compost passed the PAS100 certification.
This project was funded through the Rural Development Plan for Wales (RDP) as part of the Welsh Government and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, Arwain is the LEADER 2014 – 2020 programme in Powys.