#35, December 2020
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In this issue...

We report on DSF activities, past and forthcoming, “A world without cows” and a literature review on the GWP* approach to understanding methane behaviour and quantification.

The DSF Secretariat would also like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2021!

First DSF Community of Interest Group gets underway

In the 2019 DSF member reporting period, Animal Care was the most highly prioritised of the 11 DSF Sustainability criteria with 94% of DSF Milk Production focussing on this area.  Details of the Animal Care criteria can be found here.

Following on from…

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Animal Care

Dairy at UN Climate Change Dialogues 2020 Meeting



DSF Director Brian Lindsay was one of only two delegates from the global business sector who recently spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Dialogues 2020 in the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture session on ‘Improved livestock management systems’.  The purpose of the meeting was to provide a platform for UN member parties and other…

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DSF Members’ Webinar Series

Running since May this year, we have been pleased with the enthusiastic feedback received from Members as we continue to focus on the DSF global sustainability criteria.  In November we heard from UK based member, Meadow Foods Ltd. Alun Lewis shared the approach Meadow Foods has taken to achieve zero waste to landfill, reducing plastic…

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Webinar series 2020

A World Without Cows

Nutrition Today article


The cattle sector frequently comes under attack from those that argue that the planet’s climate change issues would be resolved if we simply stopped cattle farming.  A paper, published this month in the journal, Nutrition Today, looks at the nutritional, environmental, cultural and economic implications…

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The IDF Guide to Standard Lifecycle Assessment methodology for the Dairy Sector

Those DSF members who have prioritized GHG Emissions for the DSF will be fully aware of this methodology as it is the globally accepted approach the dairy sector and the DSF applies to calculate the GHG emissions from dairy production and processing.  Originally published in 2010 and revised in 2015, the IDF are soon to…

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Change to the DSF GHG Emissions Indicator Metric

Greehouse Gas Emissions


Greenhouse Gas Emissions is one of the most highly prioritised of the 11 DSF Criteria and was due to begin its reporting this year.  In 2019 the Global Dairy Platform (GDP) and Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO), supported by the DSF, published the report Climate change and the global dairy cattle sector.  This report provided…

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Literature review on GWP* enhances ruminant sector’s understanding of methane and how to quantify it!

A Literature review of GWP*, commissioned by Global Dairy Platform (GDP) and partners, addresses some interesting work on methane.  The review suggests the true climate impact of methane may be overstated since current metrics don’t recognise key differences between Greenhouse Gases.  Read the full report.

To build on this review, the partners in…

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Australian 'super seaweed' supplement to reduce cattle gas emissions wins international prize

A seaweed-based cattle feed that dramatically reduces methane emissions in beef and dairy cattle, outlined by research body CSIRO, has won the largest monetary reward on the global food stage – the Food Planet Prize.  FutureFeed’s offering was recognised due to its dramatic methane-reduction capability for cattle and sheep, which will yield significant climate and…

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AHDB launches new "Eat balanced; enjoy the food you eat" campaign across the UK

AHDB Eat Balanced


DSF Member, Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), has just launched a £1.5 million campaign to encourage consumers to “eat balanced; enjoy the food you eat”.  Working with stakeholders and industry partners from across the pork, beef, lamb and dairy sectors the AHDB campaign represents a…

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Dairy Sustainability News from DSF Members

As suggested previously by a DSF Member, we continue to share dairy sustainability news from around the membership.

Dairy Sustainability eNews from Australia

If other DSF members have sustainability news they are willing to share with others, please make contact with the DSF Secretariat.

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Food for thought...
  • Climate change: Can sending fewer emails really save the planet?
  • These simple farming techniques can curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Dramatic change in farming policy for England
  • The Benefits of forward-looking materiality

Climate change: Can sending fewer emails really save the planet? Are you the type of person who…

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Upcoming Events

If you have any forthcoming events that you think would be of interest to the DSF community, please send details to info@dairysustainabilityframework.org and we will do our best to include them in future newsletters..
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