Measuring Sustainability on our Farms
Bord Bia’s Quality Assurance Schemes have been in place, across primary sector production for over 20 years. Now, Origin Green – a Bord Bia initiative – is further adding to Ireland’s green credentials. A robust and extensive sustainability programme is currently operating across the beef, dairy, egg and horticulture sectors with plans to introduce the programme to pigmeat and poultry.
On over 100 farms every day, independent auditors are meeting with farmers to record the relevant data required to assess each farms production system across all areas of sustainability. The auditors, using smart hand-held technology, collect data from carbon footprint to waste management, from traceability to biodiversity; and from output levels and daily live-weight gain, to fertilizer and nitrogen use.