We will be guided by data and science when setting targets, developing plans and making decisions.
We will collaborate to scale up the right solutions and innovations for a more sustainable food system.
We will focus on areas of greatest impact, taking a balanced approach to bring our communities with us along the way.
Farm Green is our plan to inspire more sustainable farming. We invest over €2m annually to demonstrate best practice, funding a combination of knowledge sharing initiatives and supply chain projects. We work closely with industry groups, customers and farming partnerships to enhance the performance of our sector, whilst supporting the traditional family farms of our beef and lamb supply chains.
In 2022 we established a UK supplier carbon footprinting project to set a new baseline from which to accelerate action and reduce emissions.
We are investing £1m in this project, part funded by Innovate UK, measuring the carbon footprint of 500 farms and establishing farm specific plans and roadmaps to reduce emissions, with progress monitored every 18—24 months.
In Ireland, Bord Bia carbon footprint suppliers are provided feedback reports with recommended actions to reduce emissions. We have two demonstration farms, Newford and Tipperary which are part of the Teagasc Signpost Farming Programme.
Newford’s purpose is to drive and demonstrate efficiencies in sustainable Irish steer and heifer suckler beef production.
Tipperary’s purpose is to operate and demonstrate a profitable dairy calf to beef production system on farm while reducing the total environmental footprint of a pasture-based production system.
Harnessing nature-based solutions to reduce emissions while improving efficiencies, we work with 1,500 farmers to collect and share data to prove the sustainability credentials of our products, enabling suppliers to make data led decisions. We are working with farmers in the UK and Ireland to share learnings and success stories via videos, webinars, case studies, demonstrating what is possible through our innovation farming projects.