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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.

Energy costs

Smarter Energy

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.

For fact sheets, case studies and other resources see:  dairyingfortomorrow.com.au

Dairy industry response

The Australian Dairy Industry Council is leading the dairy industry's response to energy and climate change policy issues, in conjunction with state dairy industry bodies and in partnership with the NFF. For more information, please contact Australian Dairy Farmers, 03 8621 4200.

More information

Read the Energy briefing note - 2017/18

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making.


DairyBase is a web-based tool that enables dairy farmers to measure and compare their farm business performance over time.

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