Since 2011, we have partnered with First Milk, the only major British
farmer-owned dairy company in the UK, in order to help dairy farmers reduce
their environmental impact, improve the quality of their milk and in turn
benefit their farming business. We have been working with a group of First Milk
farmers based near our Girvan factory in Scotland who supply the site with around
75 million litres of milk each year.
Through our partnership with First Milk, more than 60
farmers who supply Girvan factory have taken part in workshops, which were
accredited by the Royal Agricultural College and covered a range of topics such
as herd health, fertility, water and good environmental practices. The
workshops were well received and to date the milk supply group has successfully
reduced its total greenhouse gas emissions by 5.7%, equating to 5,517 tonnes of
carbon saved, and reduced total non-livestock water usage by 5.1%. The figures
were calculated by The E-CO2 Project1, which provides detailed energy and carbon
assessments for farms, using a carbon footprint calculator accredited by the Carbon Trust.
"First Milk and the
dedicated group of farmers that supply milk to the Nestlé Girvan site have worked
in partnership with Nestlé to create a sustainable supply chain. That work is
already delivering tangible results in carbon reduction and decreased water
usage on farms. Nestlé actively demonstrates that they have a key role to play
in the development of British dairy industry sustainability initiatives like
the Dairy Roadmap and Dairy 2020."
First Milk CEO and DairyRoadmap Chair
1 The E-C02 Project is a provider of on-farm environment and carbon assessments.