It is frequent that only meat and dairy products are valued outputs from mountain farms. Nonetheless, by-products generated in producing meat and dairy products can be transformed into high-quality products, thereby creating an additional income for farms. The Norwegian company Norilia ensures that by-products are refined and reused.
Norilia handles nearly 80% of the annual Norwegian wool volume by working together with the Norwegian Association of Sheep and Goat Farmers (NSG). By using these by-products, added value is created to make agriculture more profitable, while also increasing the sector’s sustainability as less resources are wasted through this bio- and circular economy approach. While different initiatives exist in mountain areas to collect and reuse animal by-products, the national recognition of Norilia allowed to upscale circularity to the whole country.
Find out more on Norilia in our good practice. Other examples of initiatives that enhance the environmental, social and economic sustainability of pastoralism can be found in the OREKA MENDIAN’s booklet of good practices and report.3 November 2021