Predicted energy saving by up to 89% within the dairy barn
SMARTech energy replacement cattle barn lighting for Home Farm, Lackham
Wiltshire College & University Centre’s Lackham farm and estate is located in the rural heart of Wiltshire. Within its 688 hectares are three working commercial farms. Home Farm, one of the working farms, has 184 hectares of productive land and is home to a dairy unit of 160 cows with calf rearing.
As part of our wider energy reduction work with the College, SMARTech energy undertook an in-depth analysis of energy consumption at Home Farm. One of the recommendations was to replace aging and inefficient lighting with modern LED lighting. Sensor controls were incorporated to dim the lights down at night time and activate the lights as required during daylight depending on natural light levels. Energy savings of 89% were predicted.
The recommendation was accepted and the installation work undertaken by SMARTech energy’s team of qualified electricians. In addition to saving energy, Home Farm also wished to upgrade the lighting in their dairy barn to improve visibility for day-to-day operations and to explore the potential for increased milk yields. In 2016 – as well as installing better lighting – the farm also improved feed, and made changes to the breeds in the herd. Data collected by the farm before and after these changes indicates an 8% increase in milk yield.
“SMARTech energy’s lighting scheme has given us a far better environment in the cow shed for the cattle. Improved light levels have made operation of the dairy barn far easier out of daylight hours and when natural light levels are low … milk yields have increased due to a range of actions, one of which was improved lighting.” “SMARTech energy were great to work with … from initial lighting designs through to installation work they delivered a thorough and professional service” Philip Steans, Farm Manager, Home Farm, Lackham
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Image shows light conditions before and after SMARTech enegy’s LED lighting scheme was installed at the college’s Home Farm, Lackham
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