Calculate your energy use online, cut your energy costs on farm

Published 29 October 09

DairyCo's new online energy calculator helps farmers find out just how much energy their milking system is costing, and where the best savings can be made.

Milk cooling, water heating and vacuum pumps account for 75-90% of energy consumption on a typical dairy farm, so knowing how much you're using and the true cost is vital.

The calculator has been developed by Farm Energy Consultancy Services to work out the efficiency of milk cooling, water heating, and any other motors run on farm.  The calculator uses built in efficiency factors depending on the age of the tank, the regularity of collection, and a number of other factors such as use of ice water or plate coolers.

The calculator sits alongside the Energy efficiency on farm booklet, and costs can be calculated for milk cooling, water heating, refrigerant to water heating, recovery units and vacuum pumps.



Date 29 October 09


For further information:

N:        Helen Bond

T:        02476 478696



Notes for Editors:

DairyCo is a division of the statutory levy board, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

DairyCo's current focus is on improving the profitability of dairy farming by focusing on four specific areas:

  • Provision of high quality market information to help farmers and their representatives make the most of dairy markets and opportunities.
  • Helping dairy farmers increase their profits while meeting regulatory and environmental requirements - through the provision of world class research programmes and practical on-farm tools and services
  • Helping promote the positive perception of dairy farming with the general public.
  • The development of DairyCo activities towards a self-sustaining model.

DairyCo is funded entirely by milk producers, via a statutory levy on all milk sold off-farm, at the rate of 0.06p per litre.  This provides an annual income of around £6.5m.



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