Raising cattle is one of the activities that has an important impact on climate change as it contributes with CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. The Jerónimo Martins Group has implemented a set of sustainability measures in its new cattle fattening facilities in Barcelos, north of Portugal, where it raises 1,000 Aberdeen Angus bovines. The farm ground is isolated to prevent dirty waters from contaminating the soil. The floor of the pens is made of cement and straw is placed on top in order to both absorb water and provide comfort to the animals. The waste generated is removed each month and then sent to composting which is used as manure for properties in the region.
The holding has its own waterhole feeding the automatic drinking troughs which are activated when the animals approach, in order to guarantee an efficient water management. There is also a laborious control and measurement of carbon dioxide levels released into the air through a system of sensors installed throughout the farm.