How milk constituents and finances are affected by halving the carbon footprint of dairy diets is being assessed in a study run by Mole Valley Farmers at Duchy College.
140 dairy cows at Duchy College’s Future Farm in Stoke Climsland, have been enrolled on the study, which will compare performance on two diets. The unit is one of Mole Valley Farmers’ Focus Farms, which have been selected to showcase innovative solutions and best practice within the industry.
One of the aims of the study is to show it is possible to achieve high yields and milk quality without the use of soya and its potential negative impact on the environment. The no soya, low carbon footprint diet (LCFP) has been formulated using Mole Valley Farmers’ Precision Nutrition software to deliver a 5-10% reduction in methane production, a 17% increase in protein efficiency and a 50% theoretical reduction in dietary carbon footprint.