And before anyone says off with Her head listen to this... and Marie Antoinette said let them eat Brioche... it had eggs in it so the people would not have starved. A very intelligent Lady, just not appreciated in Her era.
The Economics: (I will try to stay within the bounds of sanity but this has to be the most ignorant situation on the Planet).
The Straw producers are contracted to sell Straw to the energy producers.
Cow dung has a higher calorific value than Straw. A sort of longer burn at lower temperature.
With a slight detour, the Straw makes its way via the animal bedding to the drying house, where it is pelleted. Should there be too much of this Straw dung mix, it can be stored in steaming heaps and used to heat some Farm house in its raw state Jean Payne style. It could still be used for bio fuel feed, or simply composted, or put through a bio reactor for farm electricity.
The deal would be per load of Straw in, calorific value. Dried pellets calorific value once used on the farm. Some you win, mostly because a Farmer generally wants his livestock to eat good food. It’s already been digested seven times by the ruminants.
Giving the Straw Free to Farmers is viable for the Enriched Product being sent to the place the Straw is burned. They would still have to dry and process, but I suppose the farm could do a lot of natural liquid extraction first to use as liquid fertiliser.
This would also bring down Farming costs, which should make both farming more sustainable, and ltimately improve the quality of food production and farming practice, and at the same time lowering the costs of food to the consumer.
Please give me a good reason not to give all the Straw to the farmers they need for free?
The Straw burning lot only have to adjust the air intake to maximise the new fuel pellet burn. Simples.
How can any stupid ignorant person say that livestock can be happy without good bedding. Stop treating them like meat on the Hook. They need a good life before they get eaten, we owe it to them.