Sustainable dairy, our natural advantage

Carbery Innovation

Global population growth, and changing nutritional priorities are driving demand for high protein-dairy foods. With Ireland’s milk production set to grow 20% by 2017, Carbery is continuing to unlock the value of sustainable dairy production in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible manner. By preserving what makes us unique today, investing in what we can do better and nurturing our future generations of dairy farmers – we can help our customers and consumers continue to enjoy the benefits of high quality dairy products.

Grass roots sustainability

Ireland’s unique climate provides dairy farmers with an advantageous environment for sustainable farming. Up to 80% of land is used to grow grass so that cows can graze naturally outdoors for up to 10 months of the year and since Ireland has the longest grass growing season in the world, cows still enjoy a grass-fed diet (silage) for the reminder of the year.

Irish cows traditionally calve in spring, meaning peak milk production coincides with peak grass growth. This creates the perfect environment for sustainable dairy farming making Ireland the most carbon efficient milk producer in the EU with the lowest water stress index in the world. Carbery is committed to continuing the traditions of quality and sustainability in Irish dairy farming.

Proof of Provenance

Our milk pool is also supported by Bord Bia’s Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS), a national, independently accredited, sustainability and quality assurance scheme. On-farm dairy audits support our priorities in areas such as traceability, environment, biodiversity, animal health and welfare. Download the Assurance Standard here.

Excellence beyond the farm gate

Dairy technology has been evolving too. As an early adopter of technology, we are investing in state-of-the-art processing infrastructure and research partnerships such as the Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC). Our technology drive aims to secure product innovation through efficient and sustainable processes, enabling us to deliver trusted dairy products and nutritional ingredients demanded by global markets.

Nuturing the value of milk

Carbery is a founding industry partner in a unique research consortium, Food for Health Ireland, where we collaborate to understand the nutritional needs of tomorrow‘s dairy consuming population and how best to extract the highest nutritional value from the milk we sustainably produce.

Ireland’s first model for best practice in dairy innovation

Greener Dairy Farms™ is Carbery’s innovative, dairy efficiency programme designed to measure, monitor and optimise resource allocation and best practice on farm. We focus on carbon emissions, water and soil nutrient management. Valuable learnings are disseminated through our farm walks, workshops with vets and milk quality advisors and discussion groups.

Our sustainability research is undertaken in collaboration with Teagasc, the national agricultural authority supporting science-based innovation in the agri-food sector.