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Improving sustainability of milk production systems in the European Union through increasing reliance on grazed pasture *

Contract nr: QLRT-CT-2000-02111
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date:
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 1,518,371 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,001,707 EUR
Scientific Officer:
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Animal Systems

Abstract:
Milk production systems based on a high reliance on grazed herbage offer a number of economic, animal welfare and environmental benefits. In order to increase uptake of such systems within the EU, with particular application within the Atlantic Arc region, reliable decision support systems are required to assist the farmer in grassland management. This proposal brings together expertise from five Member States within the EU to develop and validate European grass growth and herbage intake models and to incorporate these within a practical decision support system for use at farm level. At an EU level, the models developed in this project will enable examination of policy decisions on the relative competitiveness and economic sustainability of pasture-based production systems within individual Member States.

Objectives:
The overall objective of this proposal is to develop an effective decision support system to assist dairy farmers in the Atlantic Arc region of the European Union to optimise the proportion of grazed grass in the diet of the dairy cow. This will require the development and interlinking of predictive models for herbage growth and herbage intake of grazing dairy cows for a wide range of sward and climatic conditions.


Coordinator
Geoffrey TROUGHTON
Agricultural research institute of Northern Ireland
Hillsborough
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 02892682484
Fax: +44 02892689594
E-mail: geoffrey.troughton@dardni.gov.uk


Partners
  Hans DE VRIES
Id-Lelystad, Instituut voor Dierhouderij en Diergezonheid Bv
Lelystad
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 320238238
Fax: +31 320238050
E-mail: h.w.devries@id.wag-ur.nl
  Jose Mariano PEREZ FERNANDEZ
Centro de investigaciones agrarias de Mabegondo
A Coruņa
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 981544727
Fax: +34 981545753
  Lars ERICSON
Department of agricultural research for Northern Sweden
Umeaa
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 907869418
Fax: +46 907869404
E-mail: Lars.Ericson@njv.slu.se
  Tony FENTEM
Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research
Okehampton
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1970828255
Fax: +44 1970828357
E-mail: tony.fentem@bbsrc.ac.uk
  Bernard COQUET
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Saint-Gilles
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 2 23485301
Fax: +33 2 23485250