In 2012, Dairy Australia received $1 million in funding from the Department of Industry and Science to deliver the project ‘Smarter energy use on Australian dairy farms’, aimed at helping dairy farmers use energy more efficiently. The project gave 900 Australian dairy farmers access to personalised on-farm energy assessments, workshops and information resources. Due to the significant success of this project, Dairy Australia received an additional $721,000 to extend project delivery to a further 500 farmers until June 2015.
As of June 2015, 21% (1,399) of Australia dairy farmers have completed an energy assessment through this project.
Many of the farmers across Australia who have had energy efficiency assessments at the dairy are already reaping the benefits of having identified areas for improvement, and are investing in changes. The assessments have found that while no two dairies are the same, milk cooling, milk harvesting and hot water production are the areas of highest energy use. The assessment recommendations could range from small changes to existing equipment that can be implemented immediately, to advice on new technology and long term investment options.
Funding for this program closed on 30 June 2015. However, the case studies and fact sheets developed through this program will remain available to the industry via this website.
“Plan to put in a new dairy in the future and will change cooling towers as recommended in the efficiency plan.”
“It made us aware of how much power we use, where our costs are going and how we can be more efficient. It showed that it was taking it longer to cool down the milk than it should have been and that was a big cost.”
This Activity received funding from the Department of Industry and Science as part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.
2012 - 2015
Energy Assessment Project
Cathy Phelps, Natural Resource Management Program Manager, Dairy Australia