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Environment

Field buffer strips with no applications of fertilisers or sprays. A RSPB survey was carried out in 2009. Littleton is a monitor farm. Habitats are being created to encourage these target birds. Trees and shrubs have been planted under the Farm Woodland Grant Scheme.

Wildlife at Littleton

Field buffer strips with no applications of fertilisers or sprays.

  • A RSPB survey was carried out in 2009.  Littleton is a monitor farm.
  • Habitats are being created to encourage these target birds.
  • Trees and shrubs have been planted under the Farm Woodland Grant Scheme.

See The RSPB Recommendations we have been given to further improve our wildlife habitat >>

RSPB nature of farming award 2013

Bird Surveys

Energy use at Littleton

  • An energy audit completed 2009 by The Energy Savings Trust.
  • After the review some major structural changes will take place.
  • Timers and thermostats used to minimise use of electricity.
  • Organic cow manure reduces the usage of synthetic fertilisers.
  • Energy efficient light bulbs on photocell switches.
  • On the new milking parlour there is vacuum on demand milk pumps, heat exchangers and ice builders.
  • This technology will be used to reduce our carbon footprint.

To see our Carbon Footprint Report click here...

Cropping at Littleton

  • Soil tests every year are used for a nutrient management plan to avoid excess nutrient build-up.
  • No excess phosphorous added to the ration.
  • Nutrient application based on pH, K and N only.
  • Fields are all located in close proximity to the clamps thus reducing travel times and ultimately diesel usage.

Water use at Littleton

  • Clean water is collected from the roofs and is used for milk cooling and then used to wash down yards, so water is used twice.
  • Water is pumped from the burn and used for the cow’s drinking water.
  • Water usage is 20 gallons/cow/day considerable less than the standard 30 gallons/cow/day.
  • Weekly and daily water leak inspection.

Waste Management at Littleton

  • A waste management plan completed 2009.
  • Contractor monitors slurry application rates.
  • 6 months storage capacity so that no application is necessary on frozen ground.
  • Packaging is recycled back to the suppliers wherever possible.
  • Reuse silage sheets whenever possible.  The rest go to Solway Recycling.
  • Tote bags and IBC are used to increase recycling.
  • Waste by-products from human food and fibre production are used as feed products.
  • All metal is recycled.
  • Slurry Tower constructed April 2010

Positive impacts of Littleton

  • Littleton employs 10 full time employees, enabling local people to work and live in the Fleet Valley.
  • Littleton is 4 miles from Gatehouse of Fleet which has local schools and amenities all supported by these families.
  • Littleton uses many local businesses including Plumbers, Builders, Joiners, Electrician, Blacksmiths, Veterinary care and Livestock Sundries.
  • Littleton produces quality and healthy food products.