Client Spotlight – Alvis Brothers

Reducing the environmental impact of farming

Alvis brothers are undertaking a long term research objective which aims to minimise the environmental impact of its farming practices via conducting responsible farming techniques. This is a key part of the company’s ethos, and as such, they have undergone significant development work in attempts in improve the sustainability of their practices and become carbon neutral by 2032. This aims to include all farming (arable and livestock), cheese production and shipping processes, and these changes would all represent a significant advancement across the farming and food production industries resulting in a dramatic increase in the sustainability of the company’s core business.

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Specifically, the team are looking into methods of implementing advanced regenerative agricultural techniques to improve carbon sequestration, whilst maintaining key performance criteria such as crop yield and quality. Additionally, the team at the farm sought to continue efforts to appreciably enhance cheese manufacturing processes to improve energy efficiencies during production. These efforts were part of Alvis Brothers’ larger efforts to minimise environmental impacts and enhance the sustainability of their practices across both farming and production areas of the business.

The company has sought to identify the key areas that have shown potential to offset emissions, and develop a 10 year strategy to become carbon neutral. A key research objective was to develop sampling and analysis methods by which to assess carbon sequestration levels so as to investigate the impact of experimental and environmental farming strategies, including investigating unique crop rotation methodologies and trialling innovative livestock grazing techniques.

Ultimately, Alvis Brothers envisage that this new found knowledge could be applied to the development of a standardised regenerative agriculture process, which could be utilised by surrounding organic farms to improve carbon sequestration and on-farm sustainability. Given the highly dynamic farm conditions and variations between farmland, the development of a standardised process could be applied to farms with a variety of environmental conditions and would represent a significant scientific advancement within the industry.