Dairy farmer says he needs reliable electricity

Andrew Holle

Andrew Holle, dairy farmer.

This is part of a series produced by Partners for Affordable Energy, through an in-kind contribution by Basin Electric.

Andrew Holle is a dairy farmer near Mandan, ND. His operation is called Northern Lights Dairy. He has 600 cows that need milking, and they can’t wait.

He relies on affordable, round-the-clock electricity to operate his family’s fourth-generation dairy operation.

“From the minute we start working in the morning, we’re using power. On our dairy, we start milking at six o’clock in the morning. … At two in the afternoon we start milking again, and then again at 10 o’clock at night,” Holle says. “We can’t just milk when the wind is blowing or when the sun is shining. So I think it (coal-generated power) is one of the things that keeps power the cheapest in this area because it’s constant.”

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