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Session 3. High output and high (eco)efficiency
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Improving grassland management on commercial pilot dairy farms: the role of intensive coaching

In the Netherlands, more than 60% of agricultural land is used for dairy farming. Grass is the most important crop, followed by maize silage.

PDF icon egf2015-Oenema - Improving.pdf

Oenema J., Hilhorst G.J. and Van Ittersum M.K.

Economic impact of grazing dairy cows on farms equipped with an automatic milking system

Automatic milking Systems (AMS) have been practised for a number of years in Denmark, France and the Netherlands.

PDF icon egf2015-Oudshoorn - Economic .pdf

Oudshoorn F.W., Brocard V. and Van den Pol-van Dasselaar A.

Grass proves its value on Welsh dairy farms

Wales has some of the most favourable climates for growing grass in the whole of the UK. It means grass can be grown very efficiently and it makes economic sense to optimise the use of that grass.

PDF icon egf2015-Owen - Grass.pdf

Owen J.M.

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.

Performance of red clover mixtures in high output dairy systems: an agro-economical comparison

Inclusion of red clover (Trifolium pratense) in grasslands offers important economic and environmental advantages as nitrogen (N) fertilizer is replaced with N from N2 fixation.

PDF icon egf2015-Rietberg - Performance.pdf

Rietberg P., De Wit J. and Van Eekeren N.

Element concentrations in forage plants grown on power station ash deposit

Intensive livestock production is concentrated in the northern part of Serbia, particularly in the vicinity of Belgrade.

PDF icon egf2015-Simic - Element.pdf

Simić A., Dželetović Ž., Vučković S., Geren H. and Mandić V.

White clover content and grassland productivity in simulated grazing systems

Maintaining white clover (Trifolium repens) content in grasslands is a challenge for high output ecoefficient dairy farms on mineral soils that use biological N-fixation as a relevant source of N-i

PDF icon egf2015-Van Eekeren- White.pdf

Van Eekeren N., Hoogsteen M., Deru J., De Wit J. and Lantinga E.

Effect of organic fertilization of maize forage on greenhouse gas emissions by dairy cows

The emission of methane by dairy cows, as enteric and manure fermentation, is the main source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission in the dairy sector.

PDF icon egf2015-Velarde-Guillen - Effect.pdf

Velarde-Guillén J., Jiménez-Calderón J.D., Martínez-Fernández A. and Vicente F.

Effect of harrowing and watering on disappearance of dung pats in pastures

Dung pats in pastures limit grass production, and lead to grazing losses and a lower eco-efficiency in dairy systems.

PDF icon egf2015-Verwer - Effect.pdf

Verwer C., Lenssinck F., Van Schooten H., Philipsen A.P. 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.

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Wolf P., Prochnow A. and Berg W.
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Synthesis EGF 2015 in the Netherlands

Synthesis EGF 2015

Johannes Isselstein

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Letter of thanks
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Letter of thanks

Letter of thanks received from the EUROPEAN GRASSLAND FEDERATION.

Dr Lars Nesheim, Dr Willy Kessler

PDF icon Letter of thanks