The efficiency of energy consumption on dairy farms in Latvia

Valda Bratka, Artūrs Prauliņš

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Abstract / Description of output

As rising temperature, climate changes and growing greenhouse gas emissions are viewed as inevitable consequences of burning fossil fuels, energy consumers in different sectors of national economy are expected to contribute to the optimization of their energy consumption. Therefore, farmers need to develop sustainable means of agricultural production that are able to meet strict requirements for higher efficiency. The study aims to fill the gap in the literature by exploring the consumption of energy per livestock unit and per hectare of the utilized agricultural area on dairy farms of various sizes since Latvia's accession to the EU. Our analysis is based on statistical data obtained from SUDAT - a national system that constitutes an integral part of the EU Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN). The findings show that the efficiency of energy consumption considerably varies across the sector. It testifies to flexible approaches successfully adopted by milk producers who pragmatically combine various types of farming ranging from conventional to environmentally friendly practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 22nd International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2022
PublisherSGEM
Pages701-708
Number of pages8
Volume22
Edition5.1
ISBN (Print)9786197603408
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2022
Event22nd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference: Ecology, Economics, Education and Legislation, SGEM 2022 - Albena, Bulgaria
Duration: 4 Jul 202210 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameInternational Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference Surveying Geology and Mining Ecology Management, SGEM
ISSN (Print)1314-2704

Conference

Conference22nd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference: Ecology, Economics, Education and Legislation, SGEM 2022
Country/TerritoryBulgaria
CityAlbena
Period4/07/2210/07/22

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • agriculture
  • dairy farms
  • efficiency
  • energy consumption
  • Latvia

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