In a world of green energy and renewables, the dairy business may not be the most environmentally friendly option.article Demarest Farms, a dairy and meat processing facility in southern Alberta, has made headlines for its innovative approach to environmental sustainability.
With its new technology, the facility has converted the facility into an organic, regenerative dairy.
The facility’s new technology was developed by a team led by a PhD student, and the goal is to be the first farm in Canada to use regenerative grazing, which means the animals will have to be fed in an organic manner for life to become fully functional.
The new technology allows the dairy to keep its animal-to-animal and animal- to-farm ratios as low as possible.
“We have to make sure the animals are fed in a sustainable way, and they’re fed in the most sustainable way possible,” said Rhys Hughes, director of environmental management and sustainability at Demarest.
“You can feed the animals the right amount of protein, and that’s all that matters, and you’ve got to make the animals happy.
But there’s no way to do that if you’re not doing the best you can to minimise their stress and to minimiser their suffering.”
The dairy has already managed to reduce stress and minimise the impact of stress on the animals.
The farm employs up to 200 people, and Hughes said the new technology could also help reduce demand on resources in the farm, like feed and water.
“This is the first time that we’ve really been able to implement this,” he said.
“It’s really important to be able to do something like this when you’re operating on a farm and we’ve been doing it for about 10 years now.
We’re doing it again now, so it’s going to be a lot easier.”
The farm has been using regenerative agriculture for more than two decades, but Hughes said there was still a lot of work to be done.
“The real challenge is to really get the system to work and then to find out what is the most effective way of using it,” he explained.
“A lot of the challenges we’ve had with regenerative farming are actually not in the farming sector, it’s in the water sector, in the animal welfare sector.”
There’s a lot more to this, and we’re working on it.
“The plant’s regenerative technology is being used in dairy farms around the world, but the technology can be applied to dairy farming on an even larger scale.
Hughes said the facility would like to open a facility in New Zealand, but said the New Zealand government has been very supportive of the farm.
The plant was originally developed by the company Avanti for animal welfare, but this year Avantis bought the company and the technology was transferred to Demarest for its use in the dairy.”
The next step is to go into the dairy and grow it and see what we can do there, and see how we can replicate it in other places.”