Dairy industry research shows the average dairy farmer spends approximately $13,000 per year on electricity costs. It also shows that there are opportunities for energy (and therefore cost) savings on most dairy farms.
The continuing increases in the price of electricity means you should consider an energy assessment to identify potential savings on your farm. How do you do that when you already don't have enough time and the task of assessing your energy efficiency is a complex one?
Dairy Australia and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency have launched a joint venture to provide an energy assessment for 900 farms across the country. 195 of those will be conducted in the Murray Dairy Region. Recognising that it is difficult to identify and unlock efficiency gains without input from experienced service providers, the 'Smarter energy use on Australian dairy farms' project will help fund competent assessors to prepare an energy efficiency plan for your farm. The plan will assist you to improve the performance of existing plant, as well as prioritise any future spending on equipment upgrades.
The objectives of the project are to:
- develop the information and tools that are needed to underpin individual farm energy efficiency assessments;
- select and, where necessary, train trusted industry service providers to undertake the farm energy efficiency assessments;
- develop the energy efficiency plans for 900 dairy farms – plans that connect individual dairy farmers with the options and strategies that are applicable to their specific situation; and to
- share lessons from individual farms across the dairy industry.
The project will start in August and is now open to expressions of interest from farmers who would like to take advantage of the opportunity that the 'Smarter energy use on Australian dairy farms' project offers. Anyone interested in having an assessment done should register their interest by contacting Murray Dairy, telephone (03) 5833 5312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smarter energy use on Australian dairy farms is funded by the Australian Government's Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Dairy Australia.
Do you suspect you have or have had red headed cockchafers?
A DEPI and GippsDairy project funded by The Gardiner Foundation is looking for sites suspected to have had red headed cockchafers in north east Victoria. The aim of the project is to better understand the distribution and lifecycle of the cockchafers to assist in targeted management of the pest on farm.
Please contact Rebecca Bruce at DEPI Rutherglen, telephone (02) 6030 4568.