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Session 2. Grassland and fodder crops in high output systems
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A comparison of two grazing regimes during lactation for improving the sustainability of Latxa dairy sheep system

Land use and grazing management practices have changed during the last decades as a result of the intensification of traditional pasture-based systems.

PDF icon egf2015-Mandaluniz - A comparison.pdf

Mandaluniz N., Arranz J. and Ruiz R.

A soil and weather dependent estimator of the soil’s capacity to supply nitrogen

The ability of soils to meet nitrogen (N) requirements of grass via mineralization of organic matter is of economic and environmental importance to farmers and society.

PDF icon egf2015-Ros - A soil.pdf

Ros G.H., Bussink D.W. and Reijneveld J.A.

Accuracy of the FeedPhone device for recording eating and rumination times in dairy cows

Several commercially available devices automatically record feeding behaviour of dairy cows on farm, but independent validation studies are often not available.

PDF icon egf2015-Delagarde - Accuracy.pdf

Delagarde R. and Lemonnier J.P.

Alleviating soil compaction can increase grassland productivity: a demonstration project

An estimated 70% of grassland soils in England and Wales exhibit signs of surface compaction.

PDF icon egf2015-McConnell - Alleviating.pdf

McConnell D.A. and Evans C.

An alternative system for classifying earliness in maize varieties in Sweden

Classifying earliness, or adaptation to a certain climate, is very important in varieties of maize (Zea mays L.).

PDF icon egf2015-Halling- An.pdf

Halling M.A.

Benchmarking European permanent grassland production and utilization at national and regional levels

Grassland benchmarking was defined within the EIP-Agri Focus Group ‘Permanent grassland’ as an important subject because within Europe there are differences in grass production between countries an

PDF icon egf2015-ODonovan - Benchmarking.pdf

O’Donovan M., Elsaesser M., Peeters A., Hulin S. and Brandsma J.

Botanical composition of clover-grass silages affects milk yield in dairy cows

The botanical composition of clover-grass silage is said to affect nutritive value and nutrient degradation kinetics.

PDF icon egf2015-Rojen - Botantical.pdf

Røjen B.A. and Kristensen N.B.

Calibration of an automated grass height measurement tool equipped with global positioning system to enhance the precision of grass measurement in pasture-based farming systems

Irish and European pasture-based systems of farming rely upon precise grass measurement and allocation to (1) achieve optimal economic return, as grazed grass is the cheapest feed source, and (2) t

PDF icon egf2015-McSweeney - Calibration.pdf

McSweeney D., Foley C., Halton P. and O’Brien B.

Calibration of five rising plate meters in the Netherlands

To obtain good grassland management, especially under grazing, requires accurate information about grass growth. In the Netherlands several methods have been introduced to estimate herbage mass.

PDF icon holshof_-_calibration.pdf

Holshof G., Stienezen M.W.J. and Galama P.G.

Can lactobacilli producing ferulate esterase improve the nutritive value of grass and maize silage?

Pioneer® has patented a silage inoculant containing Lactobacillus strains of which L. buchneri produces ferulate esterase.

PDF icon egf2015-De Boever - Can.pdf

De Boever J.L., Dupon E., De Vliegher A., De Campeneere S. and Latré J.

Changes in vitamin and fatty acid contents in grass-red clover herbage after cutting

Fresh herbage is an important natural source of protein, fibre, fatty acids (FA) and vitamins in ruminant diets and it is desirable for farmers that they minimise losses.

PDF icon egf2015-Elgersma - Productivity.pdf

Elgersma A., Søegaard K. and Jensen S.K.

Competitive forbs in high-producing temporary grasslands with perennial ryegrass and red clover can increase plant diversity and herbage yield

In highly productive temporary grasslands in Europe, plant diversity is usually low.

PDF icon egf2015-Dhamala - Competitive.pdf

Dhamala N.R., Søegaard K. and Eriksen J.

Controlling docks (Rumex obtusifolius L.) using herbicides applied to seedling or established grassland

Docks are a widespread problem associated with intensively managed grassland. The experimental site was reseeded with perennial ryegrass in October 2009.

PDF icon egf2015-ODonovan - Controlling.pdf

O’Donovan T., Casey I.A. and Humphreys J.
Session 1. High output dairy farming systems
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Achieving high milk production performance at grass with minimal concentrate supplementation with spring-calving dairy cows: actual performance compared to simulated performance

The aim of high-profitability grazing systems is to produce milk efficiency from grazed pasture.

PDF icon egf2015-ODonovan - achieving.pdf

O’Donovan M., Ruelle E., Coughlan F. and Delaby L.

Application of grass and cow sensor data to support grazing management in high output systems

An experiment was conducted with the objective of evaluating whether the combined data from grazing and rumen pH sensors could be used to support grazing management.

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Zom R.L.G., Holshof G., Ipema A.H. and De Mol R.M.

Comparison of feeding time in barn and pasture under a given grass allowance in a system with robotic milking and strip grazing by using collected sensor data

In the Autograssmilk project funded by the EU-FP7 programme an experiment was conducted with the objective to study the potential of using new technologies for the optimisation and integration of a

PDF icon egf2015-Ipema - comparison.pdf

Ipema A.H., Holshof G. and De Mol R.M.

Current state of the feeding systems on dairy farms in the Principality of Asturias (Spain)

Nowadays, a wide range of dairy farms coexist: from family farms to large-scale dairy farms.

PDF icon egf2015-Jimenez-Calderon - current.pdf

Jiménez-Calderón J.D., Santiago C., Martínez-Fernández A. and Vicente F.

Dairy farming systems and development paths in Slovenia

The aim of this article is to describe the status of the dairy sector and future development paths of the various cattle farming segments in Slovenia.

PDF icon egf2015-Klopcic - Dairy.pdf

Klopčič M. and Kuipers A.

PDF icon Slides presentation M. Klopčič

Session 3. High output and high (eco)efficiency
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Are there alternative paths towards more self-sufficient and resilient systems in dairy farms?

This paper synthesizes a selection of socio-economic studies from France and the Netherlands, and an ethnographic study in Belgium. It compares grassland-based farms with ‘more intensive farms’.

PDF icon egf2015-Peeters - synthesis.pdf

Peeters A., Delobel V. and Van der Ploeg J.D.

Benefits of × Festulolium varieties in European agriculture

Festulolium (× Festulolium) has been listed as a grass genus on the European list of Plant Varieties since 2004.

PDF icon egf2015-Cernoch - Benefits.pdf

Cernoch V. and Groenbaek O.

Capacity of the soil to decompose organic matter in old and young grasslands

To study the effect of grassland renewal on soil quality and the eco-efficiency of grass production, we compared ten young grasslands (aged 5-10 years grassland without tillage) with ten old grassl

PDF icon egf2015-Iepema - Capacity.pdf

Iepema G.L., Domhof B. and Van Eekeren N.

Changes in land use resulting from diet modifications related to increasing milk yields

Milk yields in Germany are still increasing for economic and other reasons. Cows with higher yields need diets with higher protein and energy content.

PDF icon egf2015-Wolf - Changes.pdf

Wolf P., Prochnow A. and Berg W.

Comparing the in vivo dry matter digestibility of perennial ryegrass in sheep and dairy cows

Pre-grazing herbage mass (PGHM) affects grass quality and intake.

PDF icon egf2015-Garry - Comparing.pdf

Garry B., Kennedy E., Baumont R., Boland T.M., Wright M.M., O’Donovan M. and Lewis E.

Concentrate supplementation and milking frequency in automated milking with grazing

Voluntary movement of cows from paddock to milking yard is an inherent aspect of an automatic milking system (AMS) integrated with grazing.

PDF icon egf2015-Foley - Concentrate.pdf

Foley C., Shortall J. and O’Brien B.

Concentrations of micro-nutrients in forage legumes and grasses harvested at different sites

Forage is a major source of micronutrients for dairy cows.

PDF icon egf2015-Gustavsson - Concentrations.pdf

Gustavsson A-M. and Nadeau E.