Irish dairy farmers across the country are doing things differently, thinking about their impact, embracing new ways of operating and implementing world-leading technologies and farming practices.
There is a good reason why Irish dairy farming has been taking place our shores for 6,000 years. It’s because Ireland, in its climate and in its landscape, has natural advantages that make it the ideal location for producing high quality dairy products.
Let’s start with the climate. Ours is temperate with plenty of rainfall which is ideal for the growth of grass, something that humans can’t consume but that cows can turn into nutritious and delicious milk. Then there’s the fact that 65% of Ireland is pasture – because that’s what it’s best suited to – where the grass grows and the cows graze somewhere between 240 and 300 days of the year. Irish cows are outside eating grass – not kept inside, fed exclusively what they call ‘concentrate’.
Irish dairy farmers nurture pasture, hedgerows and trees which encourages biodiversity and absorbs CO2 emissions. Planting trees like willow and creating ponds planted with reeds helps absorb nutrients from waste farmyard water, reducing their impact on our streams and rivers.
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