Farm Level Sustainability

Measuring what matters at farm level

Farm Level Sustainability

Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) has been auditing and certifying good farming standards in food safety, traceability and animal welfare for over twenty years through its Quality Assurance Schemes. In 2012, these well-established schemes were expanded into Sustainable Assurance Schemes, marking the beginning of Origin Green. Responsible farm management measures include biodiversity and the use of water, energy, feed and fertiliser.

Farmers become members of Origin Green by participating in Bord Bia’s Sustainable Assurance Schemes.

Bord Bia Quality Assurance auditors inspect Origin Green farms every 18 months and compile data on the sustainability of each farm. The information gathered by each auditor is combined with data from two other national livestock databases; the Animal Identification & Movement (AIM) and the Irish Cattle Breeders Federation (ICBF). Following each audit, the farmer receives notification of the results in a feedback report on the farm’s performance, with reassessments every 18 months. This allows them to make informed decisions on increasing the sustainability of their farms.

There are over 50,000 farmers in the newly launched Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme and over 15,000 in the Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme. These represent more than 90% of all beef produced and 85% of all dairy farms in Ireland.

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