End-use analysis of electricity on Vermont dairy farms, a Vermont dairy farm energy study.

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Amer. Society of Agricultural Engineers
StatementWells, G. D.
SeriesASAE ; Technical Paper no.88-3555
ContributionsChristiansen, W.C.
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Pagination10 p. $5.00 C.1.
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On-farm energy analysis •Energy usage on dairy farms has grown in the past 20 years: –increases in farm sizes –use of automated equipment –around-the-clock operation •Dairy farms in the U.S.

typically consume between and 1, kilowatt-hours (kWh) per cow annually. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture says 12 farms have gone out of businesses this year, bringing the number of working dairy farms down to aroundcompared to about 1, a.

Efficiency Vermont’s Ag Program • Created in due to VT legislation. • Provide technical assistance and financial rebates for energy efficiency (mostly electrical) improvements for homes, farms, and commercial businesses.

• Efficiency Vermont will work will all VT farms, though the majority of our rebates are for dairy related File Size: 2MB. Vermont’s Dairy Sector Vermont dairy farms underwent a technology metamorphosis after World War II. Electricity came to the farm. Tractors replaced horses. Powered equipment eliminated much hand labor for feed harvest and handling.

Artificial insemination made top genetics available to all dairy farmers. Dairy farming began its change from a wayFile Size: KB.

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And farewell to much of the $ billion in annual economic activity dairy brings Vermont — the only state in which more than half of farm income comes from a single commodity. RENEWABLE ENERGY How Vt. dairies keep the lights on with 'cow power' Farms in Vermont may be separated by just 5 to 10 miles, whereas farms.

InVermont’s five utility-scale wind farms accounted for 17% of the state’s electricity net generation. Vermont has a goal to obtain 90% of all its energy from renewable resources by and reduce energy use by more than one-third.

Vt. Dairy Farmers Use Manure for Energy By DAVID GRAM (Associated Press Writer) From Associated Press J AM EDT. BRIDPORT, Vt.

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- The cows at the Audet family's Blue Spruce Farm make nearly 9, gallons of milk a day - and ab gallons of manure. A Cornell University study used a financial analysis model of digester systems on dairy farms (Gloy and Enahoro, ).

The analysis included key digester parameters and examined the effects of financial incentives offered under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Customer-Sited Tier Anaerobic Digester Gas-to Cited by: Electricity use on a dairy farm is dominated by milk cooling, water heating and vacuum pumps.

On a typical dairy farm each of these account for % of the total consumption with the remainder being used for lights, pumps etc. Energy efficiency can be accomplished by utilising energy efficient technologies and energy management to achieving.

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While Vermont has been a leading state in converting cow manure into electricity through the Cow Power program and renewable energy legislations, there is a growing need for empirical studies on the financial feasibility and returns of on-farm methane digester systems for providing information to dairy farmers, policymakers, investors, consumers and other stakeholders.

Tyler Webb tells us about his renewable energy innovations on his organic dairy farm, Stony Pond Farm, in Fairfield Vermont. A mail survey of Vermont dairy farmers will provide key information on issues of concern to farmers, changes in farm and farmer profiles, production practices, and use of technology.

This study will provide Extension program directors important information on Vermont dairy farms and dairy farmers that will enable them to identify key areas to which direct future program efforts. Dairy farmers are analyzing their energy inputs and investing in cost-effective energy conservation and energy efficiency measures.

This publication provides an overview of how dairy farms can implement efficiency improvements and energy-saving technologies that can reduce energy consumption and energy-related costs.

Figure 1 shows the average lactation profile for the study farms relative to the average Irish dairy farm lactation profile. The study farms represent % of the specialized dairy farm population and supplied % of the national milk in Table 1 shows the details of the study farms in terms of scale and production.

The study farms operated grass-based milk production systems with Cited by:   Cows coming in the the evening milking. Highgate VT. Mountain View Dairy Bed and Breakfast in Irasburg VT -A Farm Stay on the VAST Trail - Duration: Marcia Horne Recommended for.

Dairy farming in Vermont Vermont Dairyman's Association Refrigerated Rail car Background Info In the Maine central railroad opened the first refrigerated rail car. This is the first time that we were able to ship milk to cities like Boston.

It also opened up new markets to. Research In Brief Value-Added Dairy Products from Grass-Based Dairy Farms: A Case Study in Vermont JOE 54(3) © Extension Journal Inc. 1 the 71 farms, 13 (%) are in Group A, 10 (%) are in Group B, and 48 (%) are in GroupFile Size: KB.

The Vermont Dairy Farm Sustainability Project (VDFSP) was an innovative, collaborative effort that brought together various dairy industry representatives, along with university extension, to address water quality and economic issues through an integrated animal-crop enterprise approach.

But in balance, cow-generated electricity is much less harmful to the environment than spreading manure and generating electricity from coal-fired plants and other sources.

There is one drawback to cow power: the initial cost. The Green Mountain Dairy system cost $ million when it was installed in The prolonged price crisis has led many dairy farmers to feel "overwhelmed and stressed," according to Myra Handy, a cofounder of Vermont's Farm First help line.

In the first quarter ofher Author: Paul Heintz. Progress 10/01/04 to 09/30/07 Outputs OUTPUTS: This project examined the comparable profitability of organic dairy farms in Vermont and Maine through the on-farm collection of financial and demographical data for, and Data was collected in the months following the end of the calendar based business year.

Vermont, with over farms, and Maine, with over 60 farms, have. STATE AGRICULTURE OVERVIEW. Vermont † Survey Data from Quick Stats as of: May/10/ Farms Operations † Farm Operations - Area Operated, Measured in Acres / Operation: Farm Operations - Number of Operations: 6, Farm Operations - Acres Operated: 1,   At a dairy industry summit Friday in Brattleboro, there were good-news stories like the rapid growth of Commonwealth Dairy.

But the industry is. The Dairy Center of Excellence's mission is to create research partnerships between UVM scientists and local private farms, with the overriding goal of increasing the economic viability of Vermont agriculture.

Stewardship and cutting-edge technology are nothing new to the North Williston Cattle Company, a Vermont dairy farm that uses solar energy and robotic milking machines. The latest advancement on the acre, head operation are edge-of-field water quality monitoring stations, which measure water quality and the benefits of using.

Usage. Energy costs represent between 2% (at cattle feed lots) and 9% (for grain farming, due partly to grain drying) of farm production costs. Use on dairy farms. In there were ab dairy farms in the United States, although most had fewer than cows.

One "resource auditor" believes it is possible for dairy farms to reach an energy usage of as low as kWhr per cow per year.

Renewable Energy Production on Dairy Farms. Introduction. Rising energy cost is a significant factor in increasing the cost of agricultural production. Rising energy costs drive up prices for fuel and electricity directly, and costs for feed, fertilizer, and transport indirectly.

The economic feasibility of growing oilseed crops or implementing. These workshops include a combination of classroom and hands‐on training, and require participants to carry out and submit an independent farm energy assessment before their participation is certified.

workshops included events dedicated to commercial dairy farms and commercial greenhouses. Working on a dairy farm has opened my eyes to the potential for solar efficiency in the farming world.

Dairy farms are huge energy consumers because of their size and the need to cater to hundreds of animals. Dairy farms generally consume about kilowatt-hours of electricity per cow per year. The vast majority of earned agricultural dollars in Vermont come from the dairy industry, but with volatility in the market in recent years, including rising costs of feed and the fluctuating price of milk, state officials have begun to recommend diversification of farm activities to instill resiliency into the : Ryan Leamy.

Recycling is at the heart of dairy farming. Water is recycled to use on crops or to clean the milking parlor. Manure is recycled as fertilizer for the fields or converted into electricity on farms with cow-power technology. Now, a Vermont farm has found a .A Holistic Exploration of Vermont’s Dairy Industry.

The Census of Agriculture listed 7, Vermont farms. The average farm size is acres, the average age of a farmer is and % of the farmers are women. Slightly over half of the farmers list farming as their full-time Size: KB.