The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy announced its eighth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winners at its recent ceremony in Illinois earlier this month. Of the five winners of this year’s award, one of them was a California dairy producer. The program is designed to recognize dairy farms, businesses and partnerships that implement methods for improving the well-being of people, animals and the planet.
Philip Verwey Farms received one of the awards for switching to an electric stationary mixer instead of using a mixing wagon powered by a diesel tractor to blend feed ingredients. The 9,000-cow operation was able to substantially reduce its overall emissions level, equivalent to taking nearly 8,000 cars off the road. Philip Verwey applied for funding through the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s Technology Advancement Program in order to help convert the feed-mixing system. The success with the program led to expansion, inspiring other farms in the area to also apply for funding.
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