why alfalfa

Environmental Management Plan Policy

Dengie Crops Ltd is a farmer owned co-operative based on the Dengie peninsula in Essex. The members grow around 5,000 acres of alfalfa in the area. During the summer, Dengie cut and harvest the alfalfa, transport it to site and then dry the alfalfa at temperatures of around 300°C in gas fired driers. The drying process preserves the alfalfa and maintains its nutritional quality for long periods. The dried alfalfa is either turned into pellets or baled as a fibre product. The pellets and bales are stored and throughout the year mixed with other ingredients such as straw, dried grass, molasses and oil to produce high quality feeds for horses.

Dengie are certified to the UFAS, FEMAS, FIAS, TASCC and BETA NOPS industry standards to help ensure we provide the highest quality and safest feed to our customers. Dengie are also certified to ISO 45001 to provide a framework to manage health and safety on site.

Dengie recognise that our operations impact the environment via the consumption of gas, electricity, vehicle fuels, raw materials and plastic packaging.

The senior management are committed to maximising the processing efficiency during the production of our products to help minimise the impact of the environment of our operation.

Environment Policy

  1. Protect the environment by seeking to reduce the impacts of our operations on the pollution of land, air and water and minimise the impact on biodiversity.
  2. Maximise the efficient use of resources and minimise the generation of waste.
  3. Maximise the amount of unavoidable waste that is reused or recycled.
  4. Avoid the use of land fill for the disposal of non-recyclable waste.
  5. Regularly communicate our environmental performance to our staff and other significant stakeholders.
  6. Develop our management processes to ensure that environmental factors are considered during planning and implementation.
  7. Monitor and continuously improve our environmental performance.
  8. Adhere to relevant environmental legislation.
  9. Encourage suppliers to adopt similar processes relating to environmental management of the production of their goods and provision of their services.
  10. The Accreditation Department shall be responsible for implementing the policy around site.