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UK dairy sector reducing impact on environment

Staff writer |
The updated and refreshed Dairy Roadmap highlights some of the progress by dairy farmers, processors and retailers in the UK since its launch in 2008.

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Chairman of the Dairy Roadmap and NFU dairy board chairman Rob Harrison said: “The progress that’s been made in our sector over the past seven years has been astounding and this new edition of the Dairy Roadmap clearly shows some of the excellent work being done across the supply chain.

“The whole supply chain is doing their bit to adhere to the programme of targets to help make the dairy supply chain more environmentally sustainable. Despite current challenges across our industry we are continuing to work towards a shared goal and this is a fantastic example of industry collaboration.”

Harrison said the sector would further challenge itself by putting in place additional targets for 2020 and 2025.

Targets will include implementing on-farm technology to help reduce emissions and an increase in biodiversity at processor sites.

7 percent of dairy holdings are now implementing nutrient management plans. In addition to this, 69 percent of these farmers are updating their management plan every year.

Dairy farmers have met their 2015 target of 15 percent renewable energy uptake.

Currently only four percent of ex-factory waste from large Dairy Roadmap sites is sent to landfill, this is compared to 32 percent in 2008.

78 percent of dairy farmers are currently taking action to reduce the GHG emissions on their farm-this is the highest percentage out of all farming sector

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