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Strategies to reduce on farm energy costs including the potential for on farm generation of energy. Information on Energy and Climate policies, including likely effects on dairy shed energy costs.

Reducing Energy Costs in Dairy

The Reducing Energy Cost in Dairy project funded by Australian Dairy Farmers built on previous work by NSW Farmers and Dairy Australia. Activities under the initiative included:

  • Provision of fact sheets and calculators addressing dairy energy efficiency, renewable generation and battery storage,
  • Delivery of audits, case studies and seminars.

Access the calculators, fact sheets and case studies from the Reducing Energy Costs in Dairy initiative.   

Smarter Energy Use on Australian Dairy Farms

Between 2012 and 2015 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.

The assessments found that while no two dairies are the same, milk cooling, milk harvesting and hot water production are the areas of highest energy use.

Smarter Energy Use facts sheets, technical reports and farmer case studies as well as regional energy bench marking is available from Dairying for Tomorrow.

Agriculture Victoria: Energy on dairy farms

Agriculture Victoria has resources to improve energy efficiency in the dairy shed, including heat recovery systems, solar voltaic systems and variable speed drives.

Review and download fact sheets from Energy efficiency in dairy sheds.

Grants for energy assessments

Energy assessment grants are a great way for farmers to cut their power bills.

If you're intending to upgrade your farm operations to reduce energy, grants are available in Victoria, NSW and South Australia. Nationally the government works with major banks and other investors to provide low cost loans for energy equipment through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making. Find out how Focus Farms looks at the factors impacting decisions at any point in time, including seasonal and market conditions.


DataGene is an independent and industry-owned organisation responsible for driving genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry and is an initiative of Dairy Australia and industry.

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