Dairy cows enjoy air-con luxury in Qatar’s desert

Dairy cows are the unlikely inhabitants of huge air-conditioned sheds in the deserts of Qatar. A dairy business is aiming to provide the country’s milk after trade boycotts from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off its supply. Baladna Farm, located about 55 kilometres from the capital city of Doha, uses the […]

Irish dairy plant to milk benefits of €5.5m biomass project

An Irish dairy plant has begun work on a  €5.5 million (£4.6m) biomass project. The plant at Ballaghadereen in the west of Ireland processes milk from 1,000 dairy farmers. The new biomass project will supply 15MW of steam power to the plant using woodchip from forests in the west and north west of Ireland. It […]

Moo! Study to cut emissions from cow burps

Danish researchers have mooted an idea they believe will cut the greenhouse gases from farming cattle – by measuring their burps. One cow’s belches in a year contain so much methane they are currently equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by a small car. The global warming potential of methane is about 25 […]

Farmers making strides in renewable energy

Farmers in the UK are increasingly producing their own renewable energy. At the launch this week of The Greening Campaign, which aims to incentivise communities into climate change adaptation, Madeleine Lewis, strategic advisor of Farming Futures, said: “Farmers are in the front line of climate change.” She said that a recent survey found that 39% […]

Sainsbury's pours praise on milk bags

Sales of Sainbury’s milk bags, which use 75% less packaging than standard plastic bottles, have hit around 110,000 per week. The bags now account for one in every ten two-pint semi-skimmed sold, twice as many as the supermarket originally predicted. The bags have been introduced as part of Sainsbury’s drive to reduce packaging by a […]