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Elimination of Cattle Farm Wood Shavings


With funding received through the Navarra RDP framework 2007-2013, a project was funded which helped reduce solid waste on cattle farms. In the process, waste is treated in a gasifier and the resulting gas is then combusted to produce thermal energy.


The regional government of Navarra granted a multi-year subsidy to Local Action Groups for the implementation of local development programs under the Navarra RDP Framework for 2007-2013, in November 2008. As a result, the LAG “Asociación Cederna-Garalur” was able to fund the development of a process to help reduce and even eliminate solid waste on cattle farms.


The objective was to develop a product to help reduce and eliminate cattle farm solid waste deriving from wood shavings and/or sawdust through a process of gasification, the combustion of the generated gas subsequently resulting in thermal energy production. This treatment is targeted at types of cattle farms which use “beds” made from forest residues, such as stables, cow sheds, poultry coups, animal laboratories.

Main activities

The main acitivity is the treatment of the waste by gasification followed by the burning of the gas to produce thermal energy. The company carrying out the process is an engineering venture which has operated in the field of renewable energy for more than fifteen years. It has cogeneration plants located throughout Spain, consisting of biomass facilities run on biogas.

Results & Benefits

Results of the project are additional jobs due to the creation of employment through the treatment plant. The anticipated benefits in terms of profit, are €123 816 in 2010, €355 770 in 2011 and €354 309 in 2012.

Lessons learnt

Lessons learnt are: i) Good publicity is crucial for the implementation of projects,for example in areas situated close to potential clients such as mountain regions. In these areas there are farms with a high consumption of sawdust and hay and there is a real opportunity to replace regular energy boilers with this system of gasification and subsequent gas combustion. ii) Clients must receive strong appraisals and financial support.

Project location and other information

Lekunberri (Navarra)



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

156 293

Project website

Contact name

LAG Cederna Garalur


+34 948 206 697

Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers, Non-farm or non-forest entreprises

Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

Start date:


Theme / Measure:

• Implementing the LEADER Approach
• Implementing local development strategies
• 412. Environment/land management


Forest management, Bioenergy, Manure management, Entrepreneurship

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