The production of milk has an impact on the environment. With On the way to PlanetProof, dairy farmers are trying to take steps to make their production more sustainable and animal-friendly. They must (continue to) meet the strict and ambitious requirements each year.
Better for animal welfare and health
With On the way to PlanetProof milk you make a conscious, more sustainable choice. The quality label sets strict requirements for monitoring the health and welfare of the cows. For example, the cows graze in the meadow for at least 120 days a year, 6 hours a day. Per hectare of land (about 2 soccer fields), a maximum of 10 cows are allowed, so there is enough space. There is also room for relaxation in the barn; for each cow, there is at least 1 berth and cow brushes are present to take care of the skin.
The dairy farmers who are affiliated with On the way to PlanetProof take good care of their cows and calves. KoeKompas is an important guiding instrument. The dairy farmer and a veterinarian examine together the topics that are important for the welfare of the animals. These include feed and water, housing, milking, work routines, rearing young stock, and animal health.
KoeKompas is an important tool for On the way to PlanetProof. It shows where the dairy farmer performs well in terms of animal welfare and where improvements are needed. The veterinarian really is a coach for the farmer; together they draw up the points that need to be worked on. The results of this plan are discussed within 9 months so that steps are continually taken in animal welfare.
What about those emissions?
To limit the impact on climate and nature, On the way to PlanetProof dairy farmers and producers ensure that they purchase green energy or generate their own. In addition, they limit the emission of greenhouse gases by, for example, keeping fewer young cattle and dealing more efficiently with crop production. Because at least 50% of the cattle feed comes from their own farms, the CO2 emissions from transport are also reduced. And that is not the only benefit.
By producing at least half of the feed themselves, certificate holders complete the cycle as much as possible. In this way, the farmers also take care of nature in and around the stables. They also allow many herbs to grow on their meadows to stimulate biodiversity. On the way to PlanetProof certificate holders also use as few pesticides as possible in their dairy production.
Is milk part of your diet and would you like to make a more conscious choice? Then choose milk in the supermarket with the label On the way to PlanetProof.