At Grosvenor Farms we have developed an award-winning commercial farm which supplies over 35 million litres of fresh milk a year, enough to feed half a million British consumers every day. We also grow 2,100 hectares of crops for food production and animal feed. We do all this with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry.
Grosvenor Farms aims to be a net zero carbon operation by 2030 and since 2014 it has reduced its carbon emissions by an average of 30% across its dairy activities. Its state-of-the art facilities and expert management have reduced incidence of illnesses – including mastitis and lameness – to industry leading levels, reducing the use of antibiotics by 60% in the last five years.
Integrated farming systems, such as recycling manure into organic fertilisers to replenish soils, mean more than 80% of animal feed is grown without the use of artificial fertilisers.
Its arable farm uses conservation tillage to grow crops more sustainably and stop soil carbon escaping into the atmosphere. Fields are planted year-round to help protect soils from erosion and recover nitrogen, an essential nutrient for growing, from the atmosphere.
These initiatives have resulted in an increase of soil carbon – an indicator of its health and quality – averaging 3%, almost double the UK average for cultivated soils.
Grosvenor Farms aims to contribute to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of its communities. It chooses to manage approximately 12% of its land to support greater biodiversity and improve natural habitats and has planted 24,000 hedge plants, over 100,000 trees and restored 34 ponds over the last three years.
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