Why carbon neutral matters
Why is going carbon neutral such a big deal? Because dairy farming has a big carbon footprint—and since we know we’re part of the problem, we’re stepping up to do our share.
Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contribute to global warming and climate change. Farming and livestock contribute up to 10% of all u.k. greenhouse gas emissions. And we all know cows put out methane and produce manure—that’s just what happens on a farm.
being carbon neutral means we take more carbon out of the environment than we create. That means we can give back to nature more than we take and help fight climate change.
To do this we have evolved our farming methods with a focus on soil health, carbon capture, cow care and manure management. We’re prioritising the use of renewable energy sources. As part of our carbon negative strategy, we’ll reduce carbon wherever possible.
Everything is connected
The simple cow milk you and your family drinks comes from cows that eat grass grown in soil. What affects any part of that cycle, affects all of it.
Cows on pasture can feed themselves and return their waste directly to the soil. hundreds of cows living in relative confinement, on the other hand, need their food and water delivered to them and their tremendous volume of waste must be removed. All these inputs and outputs take a serious toll on the environment.
one of our core beliefs is that farming should work with the environment and not against it. We farm as naturally as possible and keep any animal medicine usage to a minimum and only when absolutely necessary. our grazing techniques help to build soil structure and organic matter, we even have our own bees help to pollinate our meadows. Low food miles and reduced carbon emissions are just a couple of the benefits of not buying in feed for the farm, as some concentrated feeds are made up of cereals imported from all over the world.
Food miles and renewable energy
Have you ever considered how far your milk has travelled? Because of the consolidation of the dairy processing industry, that litre of milk you casually pick up from the supermarket has an average of 100 miles in it already. because we process all our own milk here on the farm we have reduced this number from the 100s of miles to the 10's.
if you also consider that 100% of the electricity used to process our milk comes from wind energy through our own turbine, buying our milk has a truly positive affect on the environment.