Hill Top Farm improvement programme Leader case study.
The purchase and installation of energy efficient rapid milk cooling equipment which uses heat exchange technology based on the use of chilled glycol. This is expected to achieve up to 37% savings on energy use through the use of a heat exchanger to rapidly snap cool milk and at the same time produce hot water which will be used for dairy plant cleaning and washing. The savings made through the use of this technology will be a reduction in the cost of energy used for cooling milk and heating water.
The purchase and installation of a modern, energy efficient vacuum pump and the purchase and installation of a milk pasteuriser will be used to improve the quality of the milk that is retained on the farm to feed the calves. This part of the project will see a return over a longer period of time because the disease that this introduction will be trying to avoid does not appear in cattle until they are four to seven years old. Overall, the project's intention is the secure the future of the business by both reducing costs and increasing output.
To enable savings and efficiencies through improving farm productivity to the business are made and increase animal health and welfare.
To ensure that the farm to remain cost effective and the business sustainable for the future.
Total cost: £41,250
LEADER grant: £15,699.75
New techniques: three.
New jobs created: one.