14 July, 2020
Exciting new R&D project no run of the mill at Teys Condamine Feedlot
Finding solutions to reduce energy usage and the environmental footprint of Australian feedlots is the focus of a research project now underway at Teys Australia Condamine Feedlot.
The 30,000 head feedlot in Queensland’s Western Downs is hosting the 12-month project, which has seen a Utility Management System installed across the site to monitor and measure water, gas and electricity usage in real-time.
Smart Business Hub Director Carl Duncan leads the project, funded by Meat and Livestock Australia in consultation with the Australian Lot Feeders' Association. Mr Duncan said the feedlot had already reduced energy costs and utility related greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent and 50 percent respectively, making it the ideal site to explore next-level innovations in energy and water management systems.
"We cherry-picked strategic locations in the field for the energy meters, and we have an IT system that sends data from these meters to a software package enabling us to run analytics to identify opportunities in real-time operations.
"By having transparency over energy use in real-time with customised dashboards and alerting, it will identify opportunities to save energy and reduce the environmental footprint."
Teys Australia Condamine Feedlot General Manager Phil Lambert said the project had provided insightful data.
"The mill is our major energy user for gas for grain milling, and at least 80% of our electricity usage comes from that area as well.
"Whether we benchmark the energy costs associated with different grains, or the efficiency of particular operators, the project has definitely highlighted opportunities for further efficiencies." Mr Lambert said.
The project is set to finish by November 2020, with findings due to be released by January 2021.