Dairy from Ireland
Here on the island of Ireland, our fresh, clean air and lush grasslands, nourished by plentiful rain, allow our cows and our dairy produce to be grass-fed.
Together with an agile industry that responds to changing production requirements with speed, we’re able to ensure a consistent, secure supply of premium quality dairy produce.
Our dairy farmers and producers not only adhere to the EU’s high food safety standards, but through their membership of Origin Green; Ireland’s unique national food quality and sustainability programme, they do so much more.
As members of Origin Green, our farmers work is measured and independently audited to drive continuous improvements across the supply chain in areas such as food safety; traceability; animal health and welfare; greenhouse gas emissions; and water and soil management.
Building on its base of traditional farm and animal husbandry practices, Ireland is also committed to ongoing research in dairy production and processing. This includes resources such as the Dairy Processing Technology Centre, Food for Health Ireland, the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) in Cork and Teagasc Moorepark Ltd.
Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme
The Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS) was developed in cooperation with milk producers, processors and regulatory authorities. Designed with sustainability at its core, it provides a uniform mechanism of recording and monitoring the sustainability of Irish dairy at farm level.
Inspectors audit the farm against quality assurance criteria in relation to areas such as traceability, animal health and welfare, pollution control and farm safety, as well as collecting data regarding the sustainability of the farm.
The primary objectives of the SDAS
- To demonstrate to customers that dairy is sustainably under an accredited scheme.
- To provide a uniform mechanism for recording and monitoring quality assurance criteria and sustainability criteria of the farm.
- To set out the criteria for best practice in Irish dairy farming
- To provide an on-going means of demonstrating best practice at farmer and producer level.