Dairy Sustainability Key Performance Indicators Nutrient Management Spear Program
The dairy industry in New York state and in the entire US is increasingly asked to report more sustainability indicators, including ones related to greenhouse gas emissions, water use, water quality impacts, animal and plant production efficiencies, animal welfare, and biodiversity on farms. Therefore, key performance indicators (KPIs) are needed, as well as user-friendly and effective tools that accompany them. In this project we are assessing a variety of KPI-related tools for their sustainability credentials (how comprehensive the tool is), their data input needs (amount and complexity of data), and the comparability of their results. Biodiversity in particular is of increasing interest for consumer and retailers and this is now incorporated in the project along with other sustainability metrics.
As part of this larger research project, to assess environmental outcomes of dairy farms in NY state using multiple sustainability assessments platforms available in the US, Cornell is utilizing the farm-level biodiversity assessment in the Fieldprint Platform.