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

  • Wed, 26/04/2017 - 09:18
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    For an efficient, low-input forage-based milk production system, you need to have a cow that can consume large quantities of forage per unit bodyweight, efficiently convert this forage into milk, become pregnant within a defined breeding season, and...
  • Thu, 20/04/2017 - 12:07
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    Food waste no longer suitable for human consumption can be used for animal feed purposes and the amount processed can be doubled in the EU, according to EFFPA. However, feed safety should be maintained at all costs. The potential to use an increased...
  • Wed, 19/04/2017 - 09:38
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    University of Illinois Animal scientist Phil Cardoso said that milk protein increases when dairy cows are fed the amino acid methionine, but he suspected that the supplement might have additional health benefits. (FarmingUK) "I wondered, 'Is that...
  • Wed, 19/04/2017 - 09:15
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    A study conducted at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in spring 2015 explored the effects of spatial arrangements of bi-crop mixtures of wheat and beans with different growth characteristics on resource use efficiency and forage quality. 4...
  • Mon, 10/04/2017 - 14:19
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    Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is one of the biggest disease issues facing the cattle industry today costing UK farmers in the region of £25-£61M. The BVDFree England Scheme was launched on 1 July 2016 with the aim of eliminating BVD from...

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...