The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) is pushing back against claims that the dairy industry is a major source of greenhouse gases (GHG).

The Association has produced a leaflet highlighting key emission statistics that they say aims to set the record straight on GHG by providing facts and figures on emissions in dairy farming and production, both in the UK and on a global scale.

The leaflet is aimed at the general public and media, as well as the dairy industry.

Matthew Knight, RABDF chief executive, believes much of the information currently being reported in the media overstates the impact of dairy cattle on the environment.

He said: “Livestock farming, particularly cattle production, has been facing increasing amounts of pressure for the perceived impact that cows have on the environment.

“The reality is, dairy production accounts for only three per cent of total GHG emissions.

"While there is always room for improvement when it comes to farming’s environmental footprint, so much of the criticism levelled at dairy farmers and the sector has been incredibly unfair.”

The leaflet includes information on what makes up GHG emissions in the dairy sector; comparisons with other sectors and activities; as well as information on how emissions are being reduced in the sector.

It can be downloaded at

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