Teagasc and Glanbia Ingredients Ireland announced details on the new Kildalton Open Source Sustainable Farm initiative. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD joined the leaders of GII and Teagasc, Jim Bergin and Prof Gerry Boyle, to announce details of the new initiative.
The Kildalton Open Source Sustainable Farm initiative will measure success across 4 key pillars with economic sustainability underpinning all: Resource use efficiency -Water, Energy and Nutrients; Land Management to maintain and develop biodiversity; Animal Welfare and Health & Safety. Progress in each of these important areas will be benchmarked globally and measured against target on an annualised basis. The farm will be used to demonstrate best practices which will ensure sustainable farming systems into the future.
The first development by the Kildalton Open Source Sustainable Farm is testing the application of a number of useful tools for farmers such as The Carbon Navigator - an on-line system which supports farmers and their advisers in reducing the carbon intensity of dairy or beef farms.
Glanbia Ingredients Ireland has prioritised sustainability as a key focus for its business with the introduction of its Open Source sustainability and quality assurance programme launched earlier this year, whereby all 4,500 farmer suppliers will be audited to comply with core sustainability benchmarks.
Speaking at the launch of the initiative, Minister Simon Coveney said: “I wish to acknowledge this leadership initiative by Glanbia Ingredients and Teagasc. Ireland is already recognised globally as a leading proponent of sustainable farming, and today’s announcement will ensure that our next generation of farmers are at the cutting edge of developing and utilising new and emerging practices to secure Ireland’s leadership position in this area.”