Brace Farm cuts energy bills by $7,600 per year with dairy equipment upgrades

“Working with Reed’s Equipment and Efficiency Vermont has been easy, and the energy-efficient upgrades are making a real difference.”

Alex Brace, Co-Owner, Brace Farm, Inc., Ferrisburgh
Ferrisburgh, Franklin County -

Brace Farm milks 140 Holsteins twice per day and ships 4 million pounds of milk through the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery each year. Collecting, cooling, and shipping this volume of milk is an energy-intensive process, and keeping the barns lit and properly ventilated adds to the farm’s energy needs.

Over the years, owners Alex and Michelle Brace have worked with Efficiency Vermont and Reed’s Equipment to manage their energy use.

The farm recently upgraded its:

  • Plate cooler—a heat exchanger that uses well water to pre-cool milk, reducing the energy required to cool the milk in the bulk tank
  • Heat recovery unit—reducing the energy needed to heat the 120-gallon water tank
  • Energy-efficient exhaust fan—ensuring proper ventilation at minimal energy output
  • Variable frequency drive (VFD)—installed on the milk vacuum pump, reducing electricity usage while maintaining vacuum level
  • Vapor-proof lighting—saving energy through improved technology, and providing ample light levels for animals and farmers alike

Thanks to these upgrades, Brace Farm is expected to save $94,000 over the lifetime of the new equipment—savings that can be invested in other ways around the farm.

$7,600
per year
58,300
total kWh per year

Call us at (888) 951-5990 to discuss ways to save on your dairy farm.