German farmer Kirsten Wosnitza works on resilient dairy farming
Friday, 30 March, 2018
Animal husbandry and welfare
Climate and climate change
Farming / forestry competitiveness and diversification
Supply chain, marketing and consumption
Today dairy farming products have to meet both high environmental standards and animal welfare requirements, and the market demand for cheap products. Kirsten Wosnitza runs a farm of 120 dairy cows in Schleswig-Holstein Germany.
She believes in striking a balance between productivity and animal welfare: “We choose to keep the cows in a system that combines in-barn block calving and intensive grazing. This helps us to maintain health and results over the cow’s time spent on our farm, which is 7-8 years.” She also looks across the fence to help her further create robust and resilient dairy farming systems.