Arla farmers feed their cows mainly with feedstuff grown on or close to the dairy farm. Local protein production is better for the climate than for example imported soy protein transported over a long distances.
On average 62 per cent of all protein that Arla farmers feed to their cows are homegrown on their own farm. Homegrown protein comes mainly in the form of grass- and clover grass but also as peas, beans or other grains.
The majority of externally purchased feed is sourced within Europe, where Arla farmers live. The share of soy that Arla farmers use range between zero to 10 per cent and all soy used on Arla farms is either organic, ProTerra certified, RTRS (Round table Responsible Soy) or covered by RTRS certificates.