Photo taken before COVID-19 restrictions.

The Nationals in Government are helping dairy farmers lower their power bills with grants that will help them become more energy-efficient.

Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan said up to $20,000 was available for a dairy farming business to upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption.

“Energy use in milk cooling, milk harvesting and hot water production is one of the highest overheads in the dairy industry,” Mr Hogan said.

“This is costing dairy farmers as high as $12,800 per 100 cows each year.

“This funding will provide financial support at a time when so many in the dairy industry are struggling.

“It is about keeping more money in their pockets.

“Supporting the long-term sustainability of our dairy farmers is critical to the sustainability of our community and our food security.”

The Energy Efficient Communities Program was announced as part of the Government’s Climate Solutions Package in the 2019 Federal Budget. $10 million has been made specifically available for the dairy round.

Grant guidelines and application forms for the dairy round are available at business.gov.au, or by telephone on 13 28 46. Applications will close on August 17.