Astra Dairy is committed to protecting and improving the natural environment of our farm and ensuring the economic and social sustainability of current and future farms. Our farm management practices are focused on achieving continuous improvement at farm level. We place particular emphasis on improving soil health, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and grassland management techniques. We use crop rotation to mitigate weeds and improve soil quality.
We are committed to further enhancing our sustainability credentials. This is achieved through our ongoing focus on increasing the number of days cows are at grass, improving herd genetics, enhancing nutrient use efficiency and reducing energy usage to positively impact on carbon efficiency.
Astra Dairy grows green fodder round the year. Grass-fed dairy is what we believe in and rely only on grass for our cows. Surplus grass grown during the summer months is harvested and stored as grass silage, which is fed to our cows during the rainy period when cows are not let out for grazing. Weather and ground conditions permit cows to graze outdoors for most of the period, as this is nutritious and high value feed.
During lactation, our cows are outdoors at pasture and able to move around freely and carry out their natural behaviors. Our farm adhere to good animal welfare standards, routinely participate in animal health control programmes and adhere to the established best practice guidelines.
Our cows are selected for their high fertility, good health and longevity, meaning our animals live longer and are healthier. This helps ensure farms are efficient and sustainable.