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Reducing dairy electricity costs


Join us for this webinar to learn about the principles of good energy efficiency with Strategic Dairy Farm hosts, John and Anna Booth from Rhual Dairy, home to an all-year-round calving herd in Mold.

Electricity typically represents 4% of a dairy farm variable costs, so understanding and reducing consumption can lead to significant savings. Making informed business decisions in the field of energy technology will help improve both the profitability and environmental sustainability on your farm.

In this webinar, we will explore the basic principles of good energy efficiency practices. You will hear the latest technical information on energy saving techniques and technologies.

Jointly delivered with AHDB GrowSave, you will hear from NFU Energy’s Jon Swain about the basic principles of good energy efficiency and learn the practicalities of different strategies to improve your energy efficiency.

In this session you will learn about:

  • Practical methods to improve energy efficiency
  • How to optimise milk cooling and water heating
  • What role a variable speed drive can have
  • Investing in energy efficient technologies: payback time (a cost benefit analysis)
  • What are the options available for renewable generations and energy storage?

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. It is supported in Wales by Farming Connect.

For more information regarding the event please call Marie Powell, Strategic Dairy Farm Knowledge Exchange Manager for Wales on 07776 660810.

About Jon Swain – NFU Energy

Jon is an experienced energy consultant, having spent 15+ years advising farmers and growers in energy efficiency practices and renewable energy options including managing and delivering projects such as a GrowSave and the DDC 250 dairy farm audits programme. Jon will use data and information from the Rhual Dairy, combined with knowledge and thinking to give practical actions for improvements.

About AHDB GrowSave

GrowSave is a knowledge exchange programme helping both farmers and growers save energy. It aims to be your one-stop shop for all things energy related. It offers the latest information to help farmers and grower increase efficiencies and save energy. Find out more by visiting

About Rhual Dairy

Rhual Dairy has operated as share farming agreement between RFP (Rhual Farm Partnership) and John and Anna Booth since 2001. They have 336 Holstein Friesian cows calving all year around, with cows grazing during the summer, averaging 8,472L.   

All replacement heifers are home reared and calve at 24months. Total area farmed is 220 hectares, mainly grass, maize and a small area of combinable cereals. All land is within a nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ). 

Find out more about Rhual Dairies story by visiting or get the latest updates by searching for #SDFRhual on Twitter.