Energy Savers
Southern Downs

Allora Feedlot

Proposed
35
Proposed Energy Savings
Industry
Beef and Cattle
Product
Feedlot and Grain
Location
Southern Downs
Irrigation
Centre Pivot
Pumps
Centrifugal
Technology
Pump upgrade, Variable Speed Control

SUMMARY

The audit recommended a number of pump upgrades with energy efficient models and variable speed drives with a payback of 3 years and annual energy savings of nearly $15,000. Emission savings have been estimated to be 45.5 t CO2-e per year.

Farm profile

The feedlot is strategically placed in a water catchment area adjacent to Dalrymple Creek in Allora, south of Toowoomba. There are a number of lots used to cultivate cattle feed, with some lots leased for periods of the year to onion farmers. The farm uses six pumping stations to supply centre pivot irrigation all year round, with pivots operating on a single rotation per day.

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Farmer feedback & next steps
The farm owner is sourcing quotes to implement the recommendations as well as investigating additional pump control options to manage site peak demand along with the electricity generated from a solar photovoltaic system and back-up diesel generators.