In 2016, we will work with the Rivers Trust and Business in the Community to help our dairy farmers better understand their impact on water quality and water consumption, and find ways to improve it. The project will focus on investing in farm infrastructure to address water efficiency and management issues.
We plan to begin this work with trial assessments and interventions on a small number of farms. If these are successful, we plan to roll-out the programme more widely in the next few years.
Also in 2016, we are launching our Next Generation of Dairy Leaders programme, a scheme for young farmers to help develop their leadership skills. The programme will include activities to raise awareness of effective water stewardship.
In future we plan to replicate our water engagement work with dairy farmers across our wider supply chain.