What is this scheme?
The Bord Bia Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme was developed in cooperation with milk producers, processors and regulatory authorities. It has been designed to assist in securing new and existing markets for Irish dairy produce as farmers look to increase milk production in a post quota era.
Who is it for?
The scheme is open to all milk producers with a valid herd registration, supplying milk processors in the Republic of Ireland.
The primary objectives of the Scheme are:
- To demonstrate to customers of dairy products that milk is produced sustainably under an accredited scheme
- To provide a uniform mechanism for recording and monitoring
- To set out the criteria for best practice in Irish dairy farming
With the SDAS in place Ireland will be the only country systematically measuring and improving its environmental performance at a national scale. The scheme is fully accredited under ISO 17065.
When does it begin?
The roll out of the new scheme began in January 2014.
How much will it cost to join the scheme?
The cost of the audit and associated costs of certification will be met by the Milk Purchaser – there will be no cost to the farmer.
How to apply
To get clear information on this scheme including applying for the SDAS pack which contains the Standard, the Bord Bia Farm Book and an application form, Phone Mark McConnell Agricultural Consultancy on 074 9130772.