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How did we achieve the lowest recorded carbon footprint in dairy farming in the UK?

We have reduced our carbon emissions by an average of 30% across our dairy activities since 2014 through the use of renewable energy from solar panels on our sheds, recycling sand which is used for bedding and manures, producing organic fertilisers and growing our own forage. 

We now aim to go further and become a net zero carbon operation by 2030. 

Grosvenor Farms has the lowest carbon footprint for milk production of the farms profiled using Agrecalc – an independent, integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) accredited, specialist agricultural resource efficiency calculator which provides the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions produced from routine farm activities.

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Is it possible to produce high-quality, nutritious milk and cereal grains, while managing the land sustainably to restore the environment and support biodiversity?

We choose to manage approximately 12% of our land to support greater biodiversity and improve natural habitats. In the last three years we have planted 24,000 hedge plants which act as wildlife corridors to support a wide range of birds, mammals as well as insects and plants, increasing the total across the farm to 136 miles. We have restored 34 ponds, supporting an important ecosystem and planted more than 100,000 trees to help remove atmospheric carbon as they grow and store it. 

Part of our land is managed as part of the Higher-Level Countryside Stewardship Scheme supporting some of the UK’s rarest species of birds and maintaining habitats as well as sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). The water meadows alongside the River Dee and its tributaries form some of the best low-lying wetlands in the country.

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Can state-of-the-art facilities and expert animal husbandry cut the use of antibiotics in farming?

Our combination of specialist systems and expert management have lowered the incidence of illnesses – including mastitis and lameness – to industry leading levels, reducing our use of antibiotics by 60% over the last five years. 

By creating new and innovative farming facilities, applying award winning animal husbandry and innovative technologies such as a sensory platform for gait analysis, we are able to detect and treat conditions such as lameness and mastitis before the signs of illness become visible.