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Smarter energy use on Australian dairy farms and learn how to better reduce your water use on the farm.

Smarter energy use on Australian dairy farms


Dairy farmers are frequently under time pressure and don't have the luxury, or often the resources and information to find the best way to save money by improving their energy use.

Download the Saving energy on Dairy Farms booklet.

The Smarter energy use on Australian dairy farms' project

This  project rolled out energy assessments on 900 farms to identify opportunities for farm businesses to save on energy bills.

Each farm received a personalised assessment plan with recommendations for how  to use energy in the smartest, most efficient and cost effective way.
The energy assessment plan included initiative such as:
  • Changes to management practices
  • Optimisation of current equipment
  • Capital investment
The project developed and disseminated targeted information resources including an on farm assessment tool and train industry providers to undertake the energy assessments.

Funding for this project was provided by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. The project was also supported by the Australian Dairy Industry Council, milk processors and state agencies.

Access relevant facts sheets, case studies and other resources.

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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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