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      Net Zero Farming

      A STRATEGIC COMMITMENT TO RESEARCH

      Germinal believe the future of sustainable agriculture lies with science. Embedding research at the core of our strategy is part of our vision - to bring innovation closer to agriculture.

      As grassland specialists we understand the need for responsible forage solutions for food production. How we grow and what we grow matters. The Germinal grassland research team at IBERS will focus on developing products that address current climate change challenges. From field to lab we are advocating strategies to support efficiency and sustainability, whilst maintaining productivity.

      Developing progressive and novel varieties will aid farmers in their role as producers and stewards of the land. Soil and water are vital resources that need to be responsibly managed.

      Developing crops that are more resilient to pests and environment stress, that remain productive over longer periods and mitigate climate effects will be key research objectives. Consumer health is also an important factor as it links directly to source quality. Selective breeding for quality traits in plants that improve what we consume will also inform our research activity.

      PRODUCTIVE GRASSLANDS FIT FOR THE FUTURE

      FORAGE RESEARCH
      PROJECT AREAS

      Capturing
      carbon

      The degradation of soils from unsustainable agriculture has released billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Regenerative crops that put carbon back into the soil will help ensure we are protecting this resource for food production. Grassland can be a key driver for carbon capture and a better soil structure.
      Stronger and deeper rooting of grasses and clovers
      DROUGHT RESISTANCE / FLOOD CONTROL

      Disease and pest resistance
      IMPROVED TOLERANCE

      More resilient grasses and forage legumes
      LONG TERM CARBON STORAGE

      Reducing
      emissions and
      nutrient efficiency

      Excess use of finite resources such as mined phosphate leads to environmental damage. We need to grow smarter crops that use critical nutrients efficiently without sacrificing yield or quality.

      Grasses with a greater yield per unit of Nitrogen applied
      REDUCTION IN NITROGEN USE

      Clovers which require less applied phosphate
      IMPROVED WATER QUALITY

      Aber High Sugar Grasses
      REDUCTION IN METHANE AND AMMONIA

      Aber High Lipid Grasses
      REDUCTION IN METHANE

      Productive home
      grown protein

      Grassland is made up of many species and forage legumes is a valuable group within that. Farmers growing their own protein means significantly less dependence on soya imports to feed livestock, shorter supply chains and improvements in the carbon footprint of dairy systems. Red clover’s yield, and nutritive benefits make it excellent for livestock production and a rich source of nectar for pollinators.
      Resilient forage legumes
      PEST AND DISEASE RESISTANT
      Unique white clover crossed with Ambiguum Clover
      REDUCTION IN APPLICATION OF MINERAL NITROGEN
      Unique stoloniferous red clovers
      GREATER GRAZING TOLERANCE
      Clover species high in tannins
      SAFER ANIMAL GRAZING

      INNOVATION IN THE MARKET

      Grass is at the heart of livestock farming and it is a vital part of quality milk and meat production.

      Aber High Sugar Grass (Aber HSG) is scientifically proven to reduce emissions. Feeding ruminant livestock Aber HSG can reduce the amount of harmful greenhouse gasses they omit and implemented as part of the supply chain it is a viable and sustainable option for food producers. For farmers, it is superior nutrition for animals with clear environmental benefits and production gains.

      For more information on our
      research team and projects:
      Contact:
      Professor Iain Donnison – Director at The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, University of Aberystwyth

      Interested in building a sustainable
      partnership with Germinal?
      Contact:
      Paul Billings – Germinal Managing Director GB

      SUSTAINABLE
      DAIRY CONFERENCE

      See our 2019 report
      to government.