Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustainability

Dairy Sustainability award nominations open

Published: 9/12/2012

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, is now accepting nominations for the second year of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. The award program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and collaborative partnerships for their contributions to healthy people, healthy products and a healthy planet and showcases that sustainability makes good business sense.

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Sustainability

UK Dairy industry road map – progress report

Published: 9/7/2011

The UK dairy industry's 2010 Dairy roadmap, reports on progress made within the industry since the launch of its first roadmap in 2008. The report finds that all the targets that were set out have been met, except for one.

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Management

Changes in management a great potential for reducing carbon foot print

Published: 5/11/2011 Written by: Monica Wadsworth
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By changing management practices on farm, the carbon footprint of milk can be reduced, according to a Swedish study. Production data from more than 1000 Swedish dairy farms was analysed, and a variation in carbon footprint of +- 17% due to differences in management practice and outputs, was found. The variation indicates that there is a potential to decrease the carbon footprint for milk.

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Dairy industry

Improve productivity and reduce carbon hoof print

Published: 3/15/2011 Written by: Monica Wadsworth
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The dairy industry contributes to climate change and air pollution, but also serves as a critical supplier of nutritious food. Improved production efficiency is an effective method to reduce emissions per unit of milk while concurrently improving dairy farm profitability. In this review several mitigation strategies are explored.

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Dairy industry

Dairy industry sustainability report

Published: 2/8/2011 Written by: Monica Wadsworth
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The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has released a Sustainability Progress Report, in which 200 stakeholders including NGOs, academics, producers, retailers have contributed to come up with suggestions on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and produce value.

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Interview

Is dairy farming like juggling in a water bed?

Published: 12/30/2010 Written by: Monica Wadsworth

There is certainly a resemblance: the dairy farmer juggling all the skills needed to produce milk in a sustainable and profitable way, standing on the uncertainties of policies and markets. Therefore, it is important that advisors, academics and suppliers in the industry support them with knowledge and tools to help making the right decisions, says Anna-Karin Modin Edman from the Swedish Dairy Association when we talked to her about dairy farming and sustainability.

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Tools

On-line tool for assessing air quality

Published: 5/5/2011 Written by: Monica Wadsworth
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The National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool is designed to provide assistance to livestock and poultry producers and their advisors in assessing a producer’s performance in minimizing air emissions and in determining where there are opportunities to reduce air emissions.

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Dairy industry

Webinar on dairy industry's impact on climate and air quality

Published: 4/6/2011 Written by: Monica Wadsworth
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If you missed the webinar with Dr Frank Mitloehner from UC Davis and John Fiscalini, dairy farmer from California, where they discussed dairy farming, climate change and air quality, you can still view it online and their presentations can be downloaded.

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Research

Reduced green house gas emissions by change in diet

Published: 3/30/2011 Written by: Monica Wadsworth
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Researchers at Reading University and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences have found that dairy cows could emit 20% less methane for every litre of milk if they are fed crushed rapeseed.

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Climate change

Roadmap to progress: Ten keys to tackle livestock emissions

Published: 12/21/2010 Written by: Monica Wadsworth
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The wrap-up component of the Green house Gases and Animal Agriculture conference 2010 featured summaries from each of the session chairs, which included a number of perspectives and ideas to help drive future progress.

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Climate change

Global dairy actions on climate change

Published: 12/13/2010 Written by: Monica Wadsworth

The dairy industry needs a common language and standard methods and tools to be able to accurately measure dairy's carbon footprint and move forward. Many of these tools and methods are already available. The progress of the dairy industy's work on climate changes issues were presented at the International Dairy Federation's World Dairy Summit in New Zealand.

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Sustainability videos from World Dairy Summit 2010