Smarter energy use on Australian dairy farms

Project Summary

In 2012 and 2013 Dairy Australia received funding from the Department of Industry and Science to provide 1400 Australian dairy farmers access to personalised on-farm energy assessments, workshops and information resources. By June 2015, 21% (1,399) of Australia dairy farmers completed an energy assessment through this project.

Many of the farmers across Australia who received 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 ranged 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.

Fact Sheets

Feasibility of biogas in dairy
Feasibility of stand alone energy systems_20150615
Energy monitoring on a dairy farm
Lessons learnt from dairy energy assessments
Lessons learnt from remote assessments
Saving energy on dairy farms – resource booklet
Is renewable energy right for my farm?
Solar energy for dairy farms
Wind power for dairy farms
Hydro power for dairy farms
How does energy efficiency fit into my irrigation system?
How do I build a new dairy shed with energy efficiency in mind?
Saving energy on WA dairy farms
Western Australia summary – on-farm energy benchmarks
South Australia summary – on-farm energy benchmarks
NSW summary – on-farm energy benchmarks
Subtropical summary – on-farm energy benchmarks
Tasmania summary – on-farm energy benchmarks
Murray Dairy summary – on-farm energy benchmarks
Western Victoria summary – on-farm energy benchmarks
Gippsland summary – on-farm energy benchmarks
Independent analysis of on-farm energy assessment data – National summary

Case Studies

Using interval data recording to measure power use – WA case study
Buying better power – WA case study
The Van Diemens Land Company, Tasmania
Pat McDonald, Tygalgah, NSW
Matthew and Allison Cahill, Rathdowney, QLD
Brendan Martin, Bamaum, Murray
Revisit of NSW farm assessments
Victor and Denise Rodwell, Boyanup, Western Australia
Scott and Michelle Weldon, Vasse, Western Australia
Max and Tameeka Vera, Denison, Gippsland
Mike and Kim Jamieson, Timboon, WestVic
Lyn Gale and Ty Maidment, Swathalbyn, SA
Ian Newbold and Bill Fraser, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia
Glenn and Roma Britnell, Koroit, Victoria
Fred and Kimberly Veenstra, Swan Marsh, WestVic
Renewable energy options, Easleas @ Dayboro
High power use, Britnells @ Koroit

Other Resources

Anerobic Digestion NIWA Client report
Full report – Independent analysis of national energy assessment data
Feasibility of battery storage for dairy
Smarter energy use – Round 2 Evaluation Report
Smarter energy use – Round 1 Evaluation Report
DEPI Victoria  “Energy in Dairy” resources

Reduce Reuse and Recycle at the Dairy Shed 2007 

The Reduce, Reuse and Recycle at the Dairy Shed (2007) information sheets detail how dairy farmers can reduce, reuse and recycle resources in new and existing dairy sheds, saving money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The simple steps provided are applicable to dairy sheds across Australia.

RRR Getting Started
RRR Water in the Dairy
RRR Renewable Energy Sources
RRR Cooling Milk
RRR Heating Water
RRR Thermal Efficient Design
RRR Construction Materials
RRR Dairy Lighting
RRR Dairy Pumps Motors