Australian Government grants Dairy Australia money to assess “dairy farm energy efficiency”

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 21st May 2012

The national services body for the Australian dairy industry, Dairy Australia, has received a AU$1 million Federal Government grant to be spent on assessing energy efficiency on dairy farms across the country.

Dairy Australia will also use the funding to provide over 900 farmers with information and technical support to improve farm energy efficiency.

The project is also being supported by the Australian Dairy Industry Council, milk processors and state agencies.

Dairy Australia Natural Resource Management Program Manager Catherine Phelps said there is a high level of interest in energy efficiency in the dairy industry and farmers are increasingly concerned about the cost of energy impacting on their business.

“The conditions are right for a very effective national project,” Ms Phelps said. “The secured funding would help deliver energy assessments to all eight dairy regions across Australia, tailoring it to meet local needs.”

Ms Phelps said recommended options could include changes to management practices, optimisation of current equipment and/or capital investment.