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Farm Equipment

Electricity Used by Farmstead Equipment

General Equipment Common Size Electrical Load Average Kwh Used

Concrete Mixer

¼-10 horsepower 0.5/cubic yard

Electric Mixer 

7-10 watts 7/month

Electric Welders

7360-8510 watts 45-60/year
Ensilage Blower 5-10 horsepower 1/ton
Ensilage Cutter 5-10 horsepower 7/ton
Fanning Mill ¼-1/2 horsepower 1.5/100 bushels
Garden Watering 350-500 watts 0.75-2.75/1000 gallon
Motors Up to 7 ½ horsepower  1/horsepower/hour

Silo Unloader

Corn 3-5 horsepower 1.0-2.5/ton
Silo Unloader Grass 3– 7.5 horsepower  4.0/ton
Stock Tank De-icer (Insulated Tank) 500 watts 200-600 KWH/mo
Stock Tank Heater (Insulated Tank) 1200 watts 300-600 KWH/mo
Stock Tank Heater (Non-insulated Tank) 1200 watts 400-800 KWH/mo
Water System, Deep Well 550-1100 watts 2.4-2.8/1000 gallon
Water System, Shallow Well  350-750 watts  1.6-2.2/1000 gallon
Crop Conditioning Equipment (does not include fuel)
Grain Drying (in bin) with electric heater (19.5-12.5%) 21,000-27,000 watts 1400/1000 bushels
Grain Drying with fuel heater (20-12%)  2-5 horsepower 550/1000 bushels
Grain Drying with no heat 3-5 horsepower 1/horsepower/hour use
Feed Processing and Conveying Equipment  
Auger, Conveying 9” horizontal 25”
(Corn, Silage-Shelled Corn Ration) 
5 horsepower 2.5/10 ton
Auger, Conveying 9” horizontal 50”
(Corn, Silage-Shelled Corn Ration) 
5 horsepower 2.85/10 ton
Auger, Conveying 9’ horizontal 90’  5 horsepower  3.5/10 ton 
Auger, Conveying 9” horizontal 120’
(Corn, Silage-Shelled Corn Ratio)
5 horsepower 15/month/100/steers
Auger, Bunk Distribution, 9” Open 55’
(Corn, Silage-Shelled Corn Ration)
3 horsepower 4/month/100/steers 
Auger, Horizontal (20’ run-grain)  1.5 horsepower  1.5/1000 bushels
Auger, Vertical (35’ lift-grain)  5.0 horsepower  10.0/1000 bushels
Blender, Grinder    
Hammer, Automatic  2-5 horsepower  3.5-4/ton
Elevator, Bucket (35’ lift) 1-3 horsepower  2.5/1000 bushels
Feed Mixer, General 1-7.5 horsepower 1/ton
Hay Hoist  3-10 horsepower  0.4/ton
Roller Mill, Automatic 2-5 horsepower 2.5-3.5/ton
Sheller, Corn 0.5-1.5 horsepower 5/100 bushels
Dairy Equipment  
Barn Cleaner  1-3 horsepower 0.5-1/cow/month
Livestock Water (cattle only)  600-700 watts  200-400 KWH/mo
Milk Cooler, Bulk  500 gallon tank size  11/100 gallon cooled
Milk Cooler, Can  750-1200 watts  9/100 gallon cooled
Milking  Machine (No Pipeline)  350-500 watts  1.6-2.1/cow/month
Milking Machine (With Pipeline)  750 watts  3.3/cow/month
Space Heater, Milkhouse 3000-10000 Watts  2000-6000 KWH/mo

Water Heater, Dairy 

4500 watts 25-35/100 gal. Heated
Cattle and Swine Production Equipment  
Central Air Cond. Zone
Cool Farrow House
Varies 24/sow/week
Floor Cable, Farrowing
(Spring-Fall)
30 watts/sq. foot 20/liter/mo
Floor Cable, Farrowing
(Winter)
30 watts/sq. foot 500/liter/mo
Heat Lamp, Farrowing  250 watts/lamp  6/day
Livestock Waterer, Combination,
Indoors
Outside
750-1250 watts
750-1200 watts
200/season
200-400 KWH/mo
Livestock Waterer, Hog Only 150-325 watts  100-200 KWH/mo

Ventilation, Enclosed Finished House 

Varies 9.25/cwt pork
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