Lamb Farms


Lamb Farms

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Lamb Farms is a third generation farm that includes five farms on three properties (this case study pertains to Farm #1, which has an anaerobic digester). Since 1966 when the farm was founded, it has grown from 110 cows to 2400 milking cows.  In addition to growing corn and alfalfa, Lamb Farms also grows some cash crops such as peas and wheat.


A methane digester installed in 2010 powers the whole farm. Primary goals at the onset of the digester construction included producing electricity and enhancing farm revenues, both of which Lamb has achieved. Nevertheless, the revenue generated from the AD is more like a cost offset for electricity than an actual gain. This largely has to do with the yogurt company Chobani having moved out of state. Prior to this change, Lamb had made significant earnings off the company’s tipping fees.


Although the farm did not originally consider producing and/or selling bedding as one of their goals, they have nonetheless done so successfully. They are using all of their digestate to make bedding, which then produces 75% of what the cows feeding the digester require.


IFES Number: 55

City: Oakfield

State: NY

Country: USA

Type of Firm: Farm

Main Products: Dairy; Bedding

Size of Firm: 2400 milking cows; 9000 total tillable acres

Ownership Type: Private

Technology: Biogas

Energy System Components: Anaerobic digester

Operational Status: Operational

Year Installed: 2010

Energy Feedstock: Manure from 1,100 cows; 6000 gallons/day of Dixon’s waste product (whey) + clean-out waste from a local milk processing plant

Energy Produced: 350 kWh/day

Energy Uses: Electricity

Fossil Energy Inputs Replaced: Propane

New co-products: Bedding

Money Saved: $20,000/yr for offset of propane

TCO2 Eq Avoided: 12,041 CO2E/yr