Handling Facility for Spent Brewers Grain
Grant Award: $6,000
Since the first craft brewery opened in Macon County in 2015, Todd has been taking advantage of the spent brewers grain to feed his cattle. He is now solely responsible for picking up the spent grain from two breweries in Franklin. However, the process of transporting and storing the grains has become time and labor intensive.
To maximize efficiencies in his small operation, Todd will be constructing a better system to handle the grains. Currently, plastic bins are filled at the breweries and forklifted onto his truck. Once at the farm, his tractor clumsily unloads the bins where they are stored to cool, dripping and wet.
To improve the process, Todd will replace the plastic bins with metal titling dumpster containers and purchase forklift tines to use on the tractor for proper mobility from the truck to the feeding troughs. A concrete pad will be poured to create dedicated space for the containers to be stored.
This new facility will reduce labor, making the process more economical. Todd estimates savings in the range of $13,000-$17,000 per year with these new improvements.