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The database will help dairy farmers become more climate smart

The database will help dairy farmers become more climate smart

Compared to steel mills, for example, the most important greenhouse gases on a dairy farm are not carbon dioxide but methane from cow burps and nitrous oxide from compost storage and farmland. It also controls where you put the most energy into to reduce emissions.

Arla will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. The database it has now begun building based on the climate footprint of dairy farmers will be an important tool.

As of March of this year, 7,986 farmers in all seven member states have answered 203 questions about everything from purchasing cows and fodder to land use and diesel consumption. The answers to the survey correspond to 95 percent of the dairy giant’s milk weight.

The idea is that this Will be held annually in the future. The project will be a tool for Arla, but it also includes advice for an individual grower.

It will be a win-win situation because a lot revolves around using the soil more efficiently, fertilizing with less waste and trying to produce as much milk as possible per kilogram of feed. It benefits both the climate and the economy.

That’s what Anders Christenson, the milk producer, who raises nearly 300 dairy cows on a farm outside of Falkenberg, said at Arla’s webinar on climate measurement on Monday.

Accounts appear Arla farms studied emit 1.15 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent per kilogram of raw milk. The differences within countries are greater than the differences between them.

The most efficient use of forage, manure, balanced nutrition and animal welfare is the most important. Arla’s sustainability expert Karen Bashi, said during the webinar that how the farm is located, how many cows, what breed is or whether the farm is organic is not critical to the climate footprint.

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Arla Foods is a giant in the international dairy market. It is managed as a cooperative and is owned by 9,700 dairy farmers in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

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