Smarter Resources, Smarter Business

Victorian Dairy Farmers view simple ways to save energy

Electricity accounts for a significant proportion of a dairy farm’s shed cost. Dairy farmers are constantly under pressure from the rising cost of electricity and an increased focus on carbon emissions.

Real opportunities were identified for dairy farmers to better control their energy costs while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Dairy Australia acquired $1 million in Australian Government funding to deliver the project ‘Smarter energy use on Australian dairy farms’, aimed at helping dairy farmers use energy more efficiently. This project has given 900 dairy farmers across Australia access to personalised on-farm energy assessments, workshops and information resources.

In producing a series of five short videos WestVic Dairy, with the support of Sustainability Victoria and Dairy Australia, aim to present tips, technologies and ideas for reducing energy use in the dairy. The main focus is on improvements that are relatively low cost, have short payback periods and can be implemented in most dairies.

Please be sure to complete the survey at the end of the video. This will help guide our analysis of this project, and hear your thoughts on the implementation of such energy saving ideas.

 

Simple Ways to Save Energy

Stuck for ideas about reducing your electricity usage on your dairy farm? This short video will give you some low cost and no cost ways to do this. From LED light globes to loadshifting - take a few minutes to check out these tips.

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Water Heating

Hot water in the dairy is as vital as the dairy cows. For hygiene and washing it is essential to have the water heated to the ideal temperature. How can you do this cost effectively? Learn how with the information in this short video. Includes heat pump solutions and solar hot water ideas.

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Milk Cooling

Cold milk doesn’t come that way from the dairy cows we know, but is your cooling equipment running as it should?

This short video will provide you with the tips and resources to have your cooling equipment performing efficiently as well as other machinery you may not be aware is available.

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Energy use on Australian Dairy Farms

Energy efficiency is not all about saving electricity. Help your farm team and family understand energy consumption, e.g: milk cooling and milk harvesting. You’ll be delighted how much you can save with little effort.

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Milk Harvesting

Milk from cows is what the dairy business is all about. Have you considered what effect milking times and time of day has on your energy usage? There are several ways to reduce the energy costs associated with milking. Watch this short video and find out how.

Please take our quick survey. Your feedback will help inform our analysis of this project.