Dairy

Did you know that 34% of dairy farmers say
they are experiencing the effects of climate change now and 62% say they expect to feel it in the next ten years?

For the dairy sector, the biggest issue is methane. Methane has around 23 times the greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide and is released from the digestive systems of ruminant livestock and from manures and slurries. Cow farts have been hitting the headlines recently and it demonstrates how these issues (though often over-simplistically communicated) can capture the public’s attention. Although we cannot eliminate methane production from farming, it can be reduced through optimising the health, diet and breeding of our livestock.

Water and energy efficiency are also becoming hot topics for dairy farmers. See our water management and energy efficiency factsheets for more information. All dairy farmers can explore the potential for renewable energy generation. See our Renewables section for more information.

The great news is that 28% of dairy farmers are taking action to adapt to the changing climate and nearly half are installing measures to mitigate further change.

DairyCo have a brilliant set of resources about climate change. Find them by clicking here.

Are you part of the 50% who are taking action?

There are lots of other factsheets and resources that will be of interest to you as a dairy farmer and you can find them below. You can see a full list of our resources here and it may also be useful for you to use our Interactive Google map to get up to date information and advice for your region. You may also want to look into a 0% Carbon Trust loans for energy efficiency improvements.

Read our dairy factsheet by clicking here.

Dairy - Blogs

  • Tue, 21/03/2017 - 13:12
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    The European badger (Meles meles) is of considerable interest in the UK as it is both a protected species and the main wildlife reservoir for bovine tuberculosis infection in cattle. While there have been three national badger surveys in the 1980s,...
  • Tue, 21/03/2017 - 07:13
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    While markets are difficult to read dairy farmers cannot assume the grim days of 2016 are behind them. Volatility is here to stay, and before and after Brexit the pressure is on to come up with new ways to limit its impact. In a dairy world often...
  • Mon, 20/03/2017 - 12:24
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    Fullwood has launched a new pedometer-based fertility monitoring system which offers extremely accurate heat detection as well as enabling herd managers to easily recognise underlying conditions such as cystic ovaries, embryonic losses and non-...
  • Fri, 17/03/2017 - 15:37
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    The circa 750 dairy farmer members of the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) will now be able to earn points on their professional development register each time they attend a TDSG workshop. Dairy pro Launched five years ago, Dairy Pro is the main...
  • Thu, 09/03/2017 - 16:14
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    For almost sixty years dairy cattle breeders have relied on daughter proven sires to drive the industry forward. There was a time when over 70% of the genetic advancement depended on knowing which sires left the best daughters and using them...

Dairy - Case Studies

Rob Seex: Focus on anaerobic digestionRob is a Gloucestershire dairy farmer, milking 110 cows on his 140 acre dairy. In 1993 he installed a 25 cubic metre anaerobic digestion system,...
Rob and Emma Harrison: Focus on small-scale renewablesRob and Emma diversified part of their farm in early 2009 to allow school children and other groups to visit the farm and learn about the...
Kemble Farms Ltd: Focus on anaerobic digestionDavid Ball is farm manager for Kemble Farms Ltd. In 2008 they completed the installation of a 300kW anaerobic digestion plant, which complemented...