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Dairy Council

Fact books

2023 Fact book

Data in Action

The Dairy Council for Northern Ireland has published the sixth Fact Book in its EU Sustainable Dairy series.

This Fact Book centres around the theme ‘Data in Action’, highlighting the important role data plays across the dairy sector in making informed decisions to boost sustainability, lower emissions and improve efficiency.

One chapter outlines the success of the carbon modelling Arc Zero programme led by Professor John Gilliland OBE, which aims to measure and manage carbon flows at an individual farm level, improving efficiency and, in turn, profitability on farm.

In addition, the Fact Book features a case study of participation in the Carbon Benchmarking programme and the Soil Nutrient Health Scheme, and how the knowledge gained has contributed to on-farm decision making. It also features a discussion between farmers on the challenges faced in relation to environmental sustainability and the long-term sustainability of the sector more generally.

The Fact Book spotlights the collaboration between DCNI and the RSPB NI on the publication of ‘A Short Guide to Nature Positive Dairy Farming’. This report is the first of its kind, and provides a comprehensive roadmap towards nature friendly practices within the dairy sector.

The Fact Book was produced as part of the EU Sustainable Dairy Campaign, a multi-country European Milk Forum promotion programme to highlight the positive role of the dairy sector for climate action and the environment.

 Download the Fact Book here.

The content of this promotion campaign represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility. The European Commission and the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) do not accept any responsibility for any use that may be made of the information it contains.