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Carbon Footprinting

Livestock farmers are increasingly concerned about the public's perception of red meat production and its impact on the environment. As part of the Conwy Agri-Innovation project, Annog organised a series of discussions with dairy, beef and sheep farmers to consider how the industry could respond to these developments. In an effort to be proactive the group decided to trial on-farm carbon footprinting.

Trial

Carbon footprinting is a scientific method for quantifying the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by a particular process or activity such as producing milk or rearing lambs.

Carbon footprint surveys on two contrasting farms in Conwy in order to demonstrate the process. This would enable farmers to learn more about the requirements of carbon footprinting and how the results could help their businesses in the future.

The farmers were required to complete a very detailed questionnaire and provide information on their energy usage. The farms were a traditional extensive upland sheep farm and a lowland dairy farm.

Results

The findings for both farms were presented part of an open evening on carbon footprinting. Specialists explained how the carbon survey could identify environmental improvements for a farm and also highlight ways in which some of these improvements might also reduce costs. Farmers were also informed how information on their Carbon Footprint could be used as a marketing tool to promote their produce.