22 November 2017
Help is available for dairy farmers being hit by rising energy prices.
A series of short videos part-funded by Sustainability Victoria and produced by WestVic Dairy show how relatively low cost measures can be implemented in most dairies, and have short payback periods.
A series of best practice guides have also been produced by Sustainability Victoria covering lighting, refrigeration systems, steam and hot water.
Along with regular maintenance and upgrading equipment, Sustainability Victoria’s interim Chief Executive, Carl Muller, said substantial savings could be made.
“Dairies use a lot of energy to heat water, refrigeration, drive equipment and for lighting. While some farmers are installing solar panels to cut energy costs, less expensive things can be done to ensure efficiency is maximised.”
“Improving energy efficiency can save money and ensure the most value is obtained from their long working days.”
“Being part of the push to reduce energy consumption has clear business and environmental benefits. Small improvements add up over time,” Mr Muller said.
Dairy Australia has also published a booklet Saving energy on dairy farms.
Sustainability Victoria’s $6.1 million Boosting business productivity program can help farmers and other business operators cut their energy bills.
More information about Sustainability Victoria programs can be found at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au.
Victorian government grants for agriculture can be found at www.vic.gov.au/grants/agriculture.html. Find other Victorian
Government programs to help improve energy efficiency at www.victorianenergysaver.vic.gov.au.