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Sustainability & Sensibilities

Sustainability & Sensibilities

Sustainability & Sensibilities

     


    For hundreds of years dairy farmers across Nebraska have not only taken care of their animals but have a shared commitment to providing sustainable produced foods while maintaining our communities and planet.


    Here’s some fun facts from the farm:

    • Producing a gallon of milk requires 30% less water than it did 10 years ago…that’s equivalent to eliminating the average water consumption of approximately 29 million U.S. households per year
    • Producing a gallon of milk has 19% less greenhouse gas emissions than it did 10 years ago…that’s equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by half a million acres of U.S. forest every year
    • Dairy farmers feed their dairy cows a diet that reduces methane, consisting of ingredients like oil seed, almond hulls and spent grain…dairy farmers are minimizing food waste from landfills and reducing overall methane emissions
    • Some farmers use a biodigester to break down cow waste and capture energy from the manure…that biogas can be used for electricity, heat, compressed natural gas and even vehicle fuel.
    • Dairy farmers are innovative ‘upcyclers’…they upcycle parts of plants like almond hulls and citrus pulp from other local farms to feed their cows, helping to keep food waste out of landfills. 80% of what dairy cows consume can’t be eaten by people
    • There are 280 on-farm anaerobic digester systems used to convert manure into renewable energy. Of those, 77% are located on dairy farms
    • No matter what farm your dairy comes from, cow care is the number one priority…from supplying comfortable bedding, cooling misters, and back scratchers, to tailored nutrition and regular veterinary checks, farmers are dedicated to their cows’ health and well-being
    • 98% of dairy famers are enrolled in the FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) program. FARM provides protocols for high-quality animal care developed by farmers and veterinarians, and includes accountability to the broader community
    • Because farmers often live on the land they farm, they make extra efforts to implement regenerative farming practices to ensure resources are well-preserved for generations to come. Some of these practices include no-till or strip-till farming and planting cover crops to maintain soil health and increase carbon sequestration. Farms often use buffer strips and take soil samples to prevent erosion, and manure and water runoff

    COMMITED TO SUSTAINABILITY? DAIRY IS TOO! READ THE BLOG, CLICK HERE!


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