These are difficult times for any farming business, faced with a changing market and a shift in consumer demand towards sustainable produce – farming businesses are having to work harder to maintain profitability, whilst also being environmentally responsible.
At a time where many sectors are facing great uncertainty, the UK dairy industry has a lot to offer; a climate suited to forage production; a strong record on animal health and welfare; excellent provenance and a reputation for food safety.
To build on the strengths of the business and provide assurance to customers, now is a great time to review the business and identify if there are opportunities to adopt low-carbon farming practices and reduce emissions, all of which should improve efficiency and provide competitive advantage.
Through the Farm Advisory Service (FAS), farming business owners can apply for up to £500 worth of funding to commission an experienced agricultural adviser to carry out a full carbon audit of their business. (VAT is covered by the participating business).
As part of the audit, the adviser will:
- establish your carbon footprint,
- benchmark your performance against competitors,
- identify potential cost savings
- & where efficiency improvements can be made to improve competitive advantage.
Carbon audits are open to all farming and crofting businesses, provided that they are registered in Scotland with IACS.
*It is recommended that carbon audits are repeated annually to monitor performance and identify the impact of changes you make. Businesses are therefore eligible to receive one free carbon audit per year.
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