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                    1. At Farm Level

          The Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme   SUSTAINABILITY
          (SDAS) is a national dairy scheme with   As part of SDAS, Bord Bia auditors gather
          close to 100 percent participation from   data during the audit process through the
          Irish dairy farmers.              Sustainability Survey. This enables Bord Bia
          The SDAS was developed by a Technical   to assess the environmental performance
          Advisory Committee (TAC) representing   of farms via a carbon footprint calculation.
          Bord Bia – the Irish Food Board; Teagasc;   The data gathered is used to generate a
          the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI);   farmer feedback report which includes a
          the Department of Agriculture, Food and   summary of farm performance under
          the Marine (DAFM); industry (producers   1.  General Farm Performance
          and processors) and other technical   2.  Carbon Footprint
          experts. The SDAS monitors quality
          assurance requirements and collects farm   3.  Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)
          performance data to demonstrate the   4.  Nutrient Management
          sustainability of Irish dairying at individual
          farm level. It monitors Ireland’s progress   5.  Grassland Management
          in a systematic way on its journey of   6.  Farm Health and Safety.
          continuous improvement.           The reported data compares current farm
          A farm visit is conducted by an   performance against the previous SDAS
          independent auditor on every member’s   audit and is also used as a benchmark
          farm at 18 month intervals and a   against farms of a similar size. The purpose
                                            of the feedback report is to demonstrate
          comprehensive report is produced on the
          performance of the farm under the criteria   to farmers how their farm inputs and
          of the two main components of the SDAS:   activities contribute to GHG production
          Sustainability and Quality Assurance.   and contains advice on how to mitigate
                                            against these emissions and improve
                                            production efficiencies.
                                            QUALITY ASSURANCE
                                            The SDAS scheme is accredited to
                                            the European Standard for Product
                                            Certification (ISO/IEC 17065: 2012).
                                            During the Bord Bia farm visit, a member’s
                                            compliance in areas relating to legal,
                                            quality and customer requirements
                                            including food safety, traceability, animal
                                            welfare and farm safety are assessed.
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