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Extension Field Day Considers Where Your Energy Dollar Goes on the Dairy Farm


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

Do you know what consumes the most energy on your dairy farm? Do you know some management techniques and equipment changes that could help lower that energy demand? These are just couple of the questions that will be covered on the University of Minnesota Extension “Dairy Systems That Work” field day at the Gary Hoffman farm, Chatfield, Minn., on Wednesday, August 28.

Milk cooling consumes approximately 25 percent of the energy and ventilation another 20 percent on the typical dairy farm. One way of learning more about energy use and more importantly, energy conservation, is an energy audit. Trained auditors can take a detailed inventory of the equipment in use on the farm, determine energy use and suggest changes that can reduce energy use or increase the efficiency of the energy used. At the field day we will discuss who to contact about an audit, what it involves and what benefits can be derived from an audit. Speakers will include University of Minnesota Extension specialists and staff from rural electric cooperatives.

The Hoffman farm is located at 9500 Hwy 30 SE, approximately 5 1/2 miles west of Chatfield. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28, with the program beginning at 10 and concluding by noon. There is no charge.

This program is one of a series of workshops conducted by the University of Minnesota Extension Dairy team. Other sponsors of this specific event include the Minnesota Dairy Initiative, Peoples Energy Cooperative and Dairyland Cooperative.

Source: Extension Educator Chuck Schwartau

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