Measuring the economic and environmental impact of low carbon dairy farms

Circular pasture-based dairy production. On the Solohead Research Farm in Ireland, Teagasc Livestock Systems are testing systems of pasture-based dairy production with minimal external inputs, and as much internal circularity as possible.    Solohead Farm is a hub in a network of 30 commercial Low Carbon Dairy Farms (LCD farms) who wants to implement similar […]

Cows eating left-overs from bakery products may produce more sustainable milk

Bakery by-product used in trial.

Bakery by-products as feed ingredient for lactating cows may increase milk production and lower global warming potential. An Italian case study shows promising results for adding bakery by-products as a feed ingredient to lactating cows’ diet.  In Italy, dairy farms experience severe crisis due to economic speculation and climate change. This is challenging the sustainability […]

Two workshops with Norwegian farmers about circular agriculture

Workshop with Norwegian farmers at Tynset, about circular farming.

What do farmers perceive as barriers, possibilities, and solutions to circular agriculture? The CircAgric-project conducted two workshops with farmers in Norway in October and November (2023). The farmers were prompted with questions about how to enhance circular agriculture, on-farm, and between farms.    Circular agriculture involves strategies for better utilization of resources and nutrients, reduced […]

UK Workshops with industry, policy representatives, and farmers

Opportunities and barriers to adopting circular practices in UK agriculture. Dialogue with stakeholders is an important part of the CircAgric-GHG project. Project partner Bangor University have arranged two online workshops with industry and policy representatives, and interviews (online and on-farm) with farmers. Opportunities and barriers to adopting circular practices in UK agriculture were explored, and […]

Circular Agriculture to improve sustainable food production

A circular agricultural system—production, processing and consumption waste and by-products are recovered and reused/recycled as inputs (represented by the dashed lines). Made by Ffion Evans.

VIDEO: Circular Agriculture aims to reduce external inputs to farms whilst maintaining production and profits. In the past mixed crop livestock farming, a system that grows crops and raise livestock on the same farm, was common. However, driven by economy competitiveness and agricultural policy, production has become more specialized and less connected. This video summarize […]