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Contrasting fields

The carbon balance on dairy farms

Reading Time: 5 minutes

There are seven farms which have negative net carbon emissions for the duration of this study. That is amazing! It completely changes the narrative of the negative impact of dairy farming.

Dairy cows

Case study: How to reduce your carbon footprint

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Agriculture is often pointed at as the source of high greenhouse gas emissions. How can dairy farmers reduce their carbon footprint?

Tractor spraying field

Wasted energy

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We are borrowing non-renewable resources from past and future generations to support this one. That is the very opposite of sustainable agriculture.

Dairy cows in field

Eight years of dairy farm carbon footprints

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Climate change is a huge challenge facing society, and dairy farms are often pointed at as having a large carbon footprint.

Cow grazing

Are cows really that bad?

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Taking all this into account, methane is a huge problem. But is it? Recent research has challenged whether methane should be treated in the same manner as carbon dioxide when it comes to its impact on climate change.

Cows, pasture and sunlight

Carbon neutral cows

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Did you know that dairy cows can be carbon neutral? Yes, I am talking about greenhouse gas emissions neutral. I know it seems crazy.

Journey to sustainability

Case study: The journey to sustainability

Reading Time: 9 minutes

The SWAN system is composed of soil, water, atmosphere and nutrient components. The best way to show how these integrated and interrelated measures reflect the journey of improving agricultural sustainability is to show a case study of a farm which has become more sustainable over the past five years.

Cows in pasture

Putting sustainable farming theory into practice

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I think many people have been sceptical of the idea that dairy farms could possibly be carbon neutral, but this data shows that this is actually possible. This is a massive positive impact! The theory is being put into action.

Farm and atmosphere

A carbon footprint success story

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This particular farmer has been working hard to improve the health of his soils, to increase the efficiency of his farm, and increase the milk production on his farm.

Farm carbon footprint, why does it matter?

Carbon footprint of a farm, why does it matter?

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Every farmer that I have presented a carbon footprint of their farm to has expressed a desire to reduce it over time. One of the main reasons for this is because a carbon footprint is actually an indicator of broader farm sustainability.