Plans have been unveiled to build a multi-million pound dairy south of Lincoln, between the villages of Nocton and Dunston Heath.
The dairy will create more than 80 jobs and should see its approximately 8,000 cows churn out around a quarter of a million litres of milk every day.
Green campaigners have been assured that a special diet will minimize the amount of methane produced by the cows. It is thought that farmed animals may be responsible for up to a quarter of global “man-made” methane emissions. It is commonly assumed that the majority of these emissions are released from the cow’s rear ends but most of the methane actually is emitted in cows’ burps.
There’s potentially more good news for green campaigners as it has been claimed the farm waste created could be used as a source of fuel. This could power not only the dairy itself, but also more than 2,000 homes.
Assurances have been made that the huge site will not lead to any traffic problems. Indeed it is hoped that developments such as this could help to lead the county out of depression.