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                        Study Shows Propane Flaming for Dairy Beds
                                 Increases Milk Production

Washington, D.C. (May 15, 2008) – An innovative research study, funded by the Propane
Education & Research Council (PERC), revealed that propane-fueled flaming for bedding on dairy
farms may increase daily milk production as much as 2.9 lbs. per head. The 10-week study,
conducted by the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at Mississippi State University, tested
the impact of propane-powered flaming on sand bedding for lactating dairy cows.

Preliminary results show that flaming the bedding reduced
pathogens at the sand surface. Cows housed on the treated
beds produced milk with fewer somatic cells and reduced milk                                Milk production
conductivity, suggesting a decline in sub clinical mastitis. The
reduction in sub clinical mastitis and increase in milk                                      increased by
production alone was estimated to improve the dairy’s
production by almost $13,000 for the 403 treated cows.                                          2.9 lbs.
“We were pleased to see significantly positive outcomes in milk productivity and conductivity,” said
Dr. Terry Smith, researcher at Mississippi State University. “We want to perform additional
research to substantiate our initial results, but we think this propane-based technology could have
a significant impact on the dairy industry.”

PERC Director of Agriculture Programs Mark Leitman agrees. He said PERC understands the
detrimental impact that mastitis has on dairy operations, and the organization hopes that this
technology can lessen that impact by increasing production and improving milk quality, which in
turn, increases profits.


                            The Propane Education & Research Council was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of
                            Public Law 104-284, the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA), signed into law on October 11,
                            1996. The mission of the Propane Education & Research Council is to promote the safe, efficient use of
                            odorized propane gas as a preferred energy source.

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The PERC-funded study began in June 2007 and was conducted at North Florida Holsteins in Bell,
FL. A propane flaming device was mounted on a standard dairy bed rake for the study. Then, the
dairy’s sand beds were flamed daily during the morning raking. Each day, cows were observed for
visual signs of mastitis and milk samples from infected cows were analyzed for mastitis pathogens.
Milk composition of all cows was tested monthly and sand samples were collected bi-weekly and
analyzed for moisture, organic matter, and the presence of common mastitis-causing pathogens.

“Our aim is to research propane-fueled technologies that provide value to the agriculture industry,
and we’re excited about the potential of this novel practice,” Leitman added.

PERC’s vision in agriculture is that, by 2010, the agricultural industry will recognize propane as a
preferred energy source offering exceptional value. This value is achieved through a unique
combination of product benefits, including cost-effectiveness, efficiency and productivity, reliability,
portability, and environmental friendliness.

For more information on PERC and its programs to promote the safe and efficient use of propane
in agriculture, call (202) 452-8975 or visit


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