Energy costs account for a significant proportion of dairy farm overheads, in particular, milk cooling, milk harvesting and hot water production. Focusing on ways to reduce energy consumption in these areas can provide the greatest gain for improving energy efficiency and saving money.
The Australian Government has funded the development of energy efficiency information through Dairy Australia for over 1400 dairy farms. Many of the farmers who have had energy efficiency assessments at the dairy are already reaping financial benefits.
The Dairy Australia resource includes a range of fact sheets on topics such as saving energy on dairy farms, renewable energy, irrigation, building with energy efficiency and recycling.
For example, the Saving energy on dairy farms – resource booklet (Opens in a new window PDF 754 KB) provides information on energy efficiency improvements that are low cost and have short payback periods, which can be implemented in most dairies across Australia.
See the Dairy Australia website for more information, including case studies about energy management on dairy farms.