In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, I’m celebrating the past, present and future environmentally-friendly efforts made by U.S. dairy farmers.
|Pumping manure from the lagoon onto the tanker to haul to the field|
|Applying manure, a soil nutrient, on a field|
|Sawdust is recycled material used for bedding in this barn|
|Cows are efficient recyclers!|
|Fruit "waste" is a seasonal ingredient we've used to feed our cows|
|We're currently using cottonseed in our cow's diet. Garrett and Jack love to play in it!|
Production efficiencies, cow nutrition, cow comfort, technology, genetics and other improvements have enabled dairy farmers to reduce the environmental impact of a gallon of milk. To produce a gallon of milk today, we utilize 90% less cropland, produce 76% less manure, use 65% less water, and reduced our carbon footprint by 63% since the 1940’s. Source: 2011 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Report
Today dairy farmers, dairy processors, milk delivery companies and local retailers are all working together to reduce the carbon footprint of fluid milk by 25% by 2020.
We care about the land because we live on it and want to pass it on to future generations. The dairy industry’s commitment to sustainability brings science and technology together in an effort to feed more people using less land, water and other natural resources.