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 renewable energy systems on dairy farms
 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

 Full report – Independent analysis of national energy assessment data
 Technical report – Biogas feasibility
 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