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Dairy Energy Efficiency

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Dairy Cattle, NCAT photoMore than almost any other agricultural operation, dairies rely on electrical energy: for milking (vacuum pumps), cooling and storing milk, heating water, and lighting. In times of rising energy costs and static dairy prices, energy costs can be the difference between making and losing money.

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Center for Ecological Technology
Organization provides publications and links on energy efficient and renewable energy technologies.
DLtech, Inc. Dairy Farm Energy
Information about dairy mechanical systems, their functions and efficiencies.
EnSave, Inc.
This commercial site offers technical papers on variable speed drives for dairies, efficient fans and lighting, and other topics.
Illini Dairy Net
This "online resource for the dairy industry" offers a number of energy-related papers, under the heading "Economics, Management, & Marketing."
Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
An industry-wide consortium promoting sustainable business practices in the dairy industry. The web site contains information and case studies on energy savings opportunities for dairy farms.
Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence
Organization dedicated to improving the profitability of the dairy industry. Website provides resources and tools for improving profitability through energy efficiency.
Rural Electricity Resource Council
National clearinghouse and technical support provider on energy efficiency with an emphasis on rural applications.
The California Energy Commission
Energy in Agriculture Program offers related case studies, publications, and research projects.
The Dairy Practices Council
Non-profit organization that publishes approved educational guidelines for the dairy industry.
The Energy Center of Wisconsin
Publications on numerous dairy energy efficiency topics (search the term 'dairy').
The Midwest Rural Energy Council
Informational pages include several articles on dairy energy management.
The Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
Offers energy-saving tools and ideas for farms, including many for dairies.
U.S. Dairy Sustainability website
Information, tools, and best practices offered with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for fluid milk by 25 percent by 2020.
USDA-NRCS Energy Estimator: Animal Housing
This tool is designed to enable you to estimate potential energy savings associated with swine, poultry or dairy cow housing operations on your farm or ranch. The tool evaluates major energy costs in lighting, ventilation and heating costs for swine and poultry, as well as major energy costs for lighting, air circulation, milk cooling, water heating and milk harvesting for a typical dairy.
Utilization of Renewable Energy Sources and Energy-Saving Technologies by Small-Scale Milk Plants and Collection Centres
Riva, G. 1992. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. FAO Animal Production and Health Paper 93. This document gives the theoretical background to the use of renewable energy sources and energy-efficient technologies used in the collection, storage and processing of milk.
Wisconsin Focus on Energy
Info Library includes fact sheets, news updates, case studies, and articles on milking parlor design, lighting, ventilation, milk-cooling, water-heating, and other dairy topics.


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