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Generators Keep America’s Dairy Farmers Milking

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Modern dairy farming has come a long way from Farmer O’Leary hand milking a cow or two. To obtain animal milk from hundreds of cows, as well as goats, buffalo, and sheep, dairy farms are computerized operations that are dependent on reliable power often produced by backup generators. Usually powered by natural gas or diesel fuels, newer generators are increasingly operated with biogas.

Generators Keep Milking Operations Going

Even dairy farms with large numbers of animals have computer records of each animal and their milking time. Large establishments may have several groups of cows or other animals that are milked at a particular time. Twice a day, cows are connected to an electric powered milking apparatus and the milking begins automatically. Keeping the milking on schedule is important for both the health of the animals and the profits of the farm. A power failure can be devastating.

No-fail Refrigeration

With so much on the line, modern farms install diesel or gas generators to make sure that the power is always available to keep milking on track, even when storms, snow, or wind may disrupt it. However, milking operations are just one of the many applications for generators on dairy farms. Once the milk is harvested, it must be refrigerated immediately in order to make it safe. Especially when temperatures are high, leaving milk and milk products unrefrigerated for even a short time can cause health hazards and spoilage.

Other Agricultural Uses

Modern farmers also used generators throughout the farm to perform other tasks such as disinfection, sterilization, and water purification. Power from the grid may not be available at all locations on a farm, but keeping food and water safe for animals to eat and drink is a high priority. Generators can be used to operate machinery that treats soil, water, and even food sources to kill pathogens such as E. coli, salmonella, fungi, and toxins that are harmful to animals and humans, and to sanitize raw milking systems without chemicals.

Biogas Alternatives Are The Wave Of The Future

Using natural gas or diesel fuel is the norm for dairy farm operations, but some farmers are experimenting with powering generators with the methane gas produced by animal feces and food waste in a digester. While it is costly to set up a digester, farms can potentially power their own generators and even supply unneeded power to the grid. Biogas may be the generator fuel of the future, as producing it is eco-friendly. The ultimate example of recycling, transforming manure into energy results in not only the gas, but also in solids that can be used as sanitized bedding material for cows and liquids usable as fertilizer. It also reduces odors many dairy farms are known for.

Coastal Power & Equipment Can Help Meet Your Dairy Farm Generator Needs

A well-planned system of backup generators is important to keep a modern farm running. To ensure that you have the power you need to keep your database online and maintain milking, refrigeration, and other equipment running despite the weather, contact an experienced sales and service center such as Coastal Power & Equipment in Houston, Texas. We can help you ascertain your needs, work with your engineers and maintenance crew, and provide you with the reliable new or used generators you need. If you are upgrading your facility, we also buy used generators and offer financing. For information, just call us at 281-962-1023 or visit the Coastal Power & Equipment website.