AW Brandreth & Sons aiming to fuel UK's racehorses thanks to new ground source heat pump
Farming Monthly National|July 2020
AW Brandreth & Sons aiming to fuel UK's racehorses thanks to new ground source heat pump
AW Brandreth & Sons – a family-run farming business famed for its organic milk, hay and straw production – is diversifying its business by implementing a £1.6m 4Mw Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) as it looks to supply highquality feed to the UK's racehorse industry.
The Warwickshire-based, 3rd generation farming partnership has invested in the GSHP to dry Lucerne hay, which is in demand from the UK's equestrian industry where it is used to provide energy, good quality protein and a source of fiber to the specialist diet of performance racehorses. Sixty acres of Lucerne seed has been planted already which is scheduled for harvest in August. The heat produced by the new GSHPwill also be used to produce organic dairy grade Lucerne hay as well as other forms of straw and hay.

Joe Brandreth, of AW Brandreth & Sons, said: Thanks to the contacts we've built up through our successful hay and straw business over the years, we have a strong book of demand for Lucerne hay and so felt that an investment in a GSHP would help to not only diversify the business but take it to the next level.

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