Dairy: Cold-water washing – a way to cut your energy bill?

The Clarks of Woodville believe so after testing a cold-water washing product from Ireland and Dairy Farmers of Ontario are watching closely.


An average Ontario dairy farm pays $1,850 a year to heat water to clean up after milking 69 cows, according to figures published by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). That amounts to about $27 a milking cow, and three quarters of it heats water to maintain the bulk bank and the milking machines. Is there a way to reduce that cost?

Better Farming January 2008