Reducing Greenhouse Gases
The production of renewable energy on farms is another area of interest for dairy farmers: production and use of biodiesel, biodigesters to transform methane from manure into heat or electricity for their farms and for the grid, the use of solar panels and windmills; these are all technologies that dairy farmers are actively employing and which reduce their impact on the environment.
Dairy farmers take genetic improvement and animal nutrition to heart. Research has significantly contributed to improving our understanding of cows’ needs, leading to efficiency improvements in milk production in Canada. As a result, dairy farmers need less land and other resources – like water and fertilizers – to meet their production objectives. For instance, we need 50% fewer cows to produce enough milk for the Canadian population compared to 40 years ago. What is the impact on the environment? Less methane and less manure, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from dairy farms.