Insect breeder enlists help to fight plague of rising bills

The locust and mealworm breeder Livefoods Direct has enlisted the help of an energy supplier to fight a plague of rising energy bills. Heating its four breeding centres – which […]

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The locust and mealworm breeder Livefoods Direct has enlisted the help of an energy supplier to fight a plague of rising energy bills.

Heating its four breeding centres – which supply live insect feed to the exotic reptile trade – means energy bills eat up 20% of the firms running costs.

General manager Steve Evans said: “We consume large amounts of energy in order to keep breeding and rearing conditions to an optimum.

“Rooms are maintained at anything from 20 to 37°C with frozen rodents for birds of prey and snakes being stored at -20°C.”

Orchard Energy said it will help the firm find the best prices on the market and set up a buying strategy that will protect it from fluctuating prices.