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Livestock Assumptions

Hogs

Energy use per head: 1.52 gallons of diesel and 47.5 kilowatthours of electricity
Energy cost per head: $10.75

Component Energy Use Data Source Notes
Fuel, Repairs, Utilities 1.52 gal diesel Source Needed
Electricity 47.5 kwh electricity Source Needed

Broiler Chickens

Energy use per head: 35.0 kilowatthours of electricity
Energy cost per head: $4.43

Component Energy Use Data Source Notes
Electricity 35.0 kwh electricity Source Needed

Laying Hens

Energy use per head: 35.0 kilowatthours of electricity
Energy cost per head: $4.43

Component Energy Use Data Source Notes
Electricity 35.0 kwh electricity Source Needed

Beef Cows

Energy use per head: 80.0 gallons of diesel and 173.2 kilowatthours of electricity
Energy cost per head: $270.74

Component Energy Use Data Source Notes
Feed – Forage Imported 80.0 gal diesel Source Needed
Utilities 173.2 kwh electricity Source Needed

Dairy Cows

Energy use per head: 28.51 gallons of diesel, 1015.4 kilowatthours of electricity, 0.45 gallons of propane, and 3.36 gallons of heating oil
Energy cost per head: $226.18

Component Energy Use Data Source Notes
Propane 0.45 gal propane Source Needed
Heating Oil 3.36 gal heating oil Source Needed
Feed – Forage Imported 28.51 gal diesel Source Needed
Lighting and Ventilation 811.0 kwh electricity Wisconsin Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resource In general, dairy farms use between 800 and 1200 kWh/cow-yr of electricity but in one study the range was from 424 to 1736 kWh/cow-year.
Milk Harvesting 54.4 kwh electricity Source Needed
Milk Cooling 150.0 kwh electricity Source Needed Assumes 15,000 lbs. milk produced/year/cow

Calves, Steers, & Bulls

Energy use per head: 3.98 gallons of diesel, 3.55 gallons of gasoline, and 38.2 kilowatthours of electricity
Energy cost per head: $26.43

Component Energy Use Data Source Notes
Feed – Forage Imported 3.98 gal diesel Source Needed
Manure Hauling 0.55 gal gasoline Source Needed
Transportation 3.0 gal gasoline Source Needed
Utilities 38.2 kwh electricity Source Needed