Meredith Dairy heats up with Wood Waste

Meredith Dairy heats up with Wood Waste

Well renowned goat and sheep dairy ‘Meredith Dairy’ has installed a 240 kW biomass boiler to reduce reliance on LPG providing hot water for pasteurisation, washdown and domestic hot water within the factory.

The dairy was spending up to $120k annually on LPG. The installation of the new wood fuel boiler has delivered significant financial savings with fuel costs now sitting around $30k annually and giving a payback period on the boiler of around 2 years. The dairy processes senescent pines from its own land for boiler fuel and can supplement this with waste woody material sourced from local wood-based industries and waste recovery facilities.

The dairy is located at Meredith in Victoria approximately 100km west of Melbourne. Along with dairying, the farm grows wheat, barley and other grains for the dairy animals. Sustainability is the driving force behind much of what goes on at the dairy. As owners of the land and the dairy, the Cameron family are acutely aware of climate change and its consequences. They strive to ensure that all farm and dairy operations are sustainable from both a business and environmental viewpoint and they constantly look for ways to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impacts. This approach has been a key part of their success.

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The Biomass Boiler was installed by Dragon NRG Pty Ltd, a Bendigo based company specialising in importing and installing biomass boilers while sourcing waste woody biomass as a fuel source.

Project Details:
Boiler Size: 240 kW
Installer: Dragon NRG Pty Ltd.

Contact Details:
- Dragon NRG Website – http://www.dragonnrg.com.au
- Meredith Dairy Website – http://meredithdairy.com

Additional Resources:
- Dragon NRG Presentation at the Victorian Bioenergy Network event Sept 2017
- NAB Article – From Crisis to Culinary Success: The Story of Meredith Dairy, 20 Aug 2017