9 results for Case Study and 1st Jan 2014
Biomass is a fuel source that could replace diesel for farmers prepared to make the investment but the technology is not readily accessible. At Gum Creek the use of biomass is under investigation and with over $200,000 in pumping costs the incentive to innovate is strong for third generation farmer Ian Blight.
The Windella farming operation requires around 450,000 litres p.a. of diesel fuel for sowing, harvesting, trucking/transport and pumping. The farm owns five tractors, and operates four pumps (three diesel and one electric). Water for irrigation and on-farm use is taken either from a nearby river or pumped out of a bore...
Bill Yates is a dryland farmer who crops north of Moree, near the Queensland border. Because there is no local source of water on or adjacent to the property, Garah owner and manager Bill Yates became a member of a community trust that owns and operates a large bore pump in the local area. The trust consists of 43 members, all of whom draw water from the bore. Bill is now a director of the trust. A visit from the NSW Farmers energy innovation team helped Bill to evaluate opportunities for energy efficiency on his property, and helped him answer questions about the viability of solar, both for his homestead and the communal bore pump.
“Up until NSW Farmers visited our farm for their energy innovation program we had been focused on solar as a technology to reduce our energy bills. The subject of tyre set up and driving technique came up and we realised that our attention to these basics had been relaxed over the last 2 years or so and with a little effort and no cash upfront we could save almost $4,000 a year compared with about $500 a year from solar.”
The cost of energy can make or break a farming operation. However, at Tahlee farm Gunnedah, a focus on energy efficiency is delivering results. With the help of NSW Farmers’ Energy Team, Tahlee’s program to monitor energy consumption and undertake pump maintenance has identified diesel fuel cost savings of 33% per ML.
Investing in the land and ensuring the sustainability of their family-owned property near Bombala has been the priority of the Maslin family for the past several years.
Co-founder ofTomcar, David Brim spoke to Ag Innovators about the Tom Car's innovative approach to local manufacturing and sales. We often hear that Australian manufacturing is dead but you are doing fine. What is...
Outside of Young, NSW, there is a piggery that turns effluent into electricity through the process of anaerobic digestion.
Studies show that despite the fact that Australian farms have doubled their productivity over the past 45 years only 15 percent of farms in some areas are making a profit.