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Conversion to organic milk production - OF0103

This study will aim to provide data to facilitate the establishment of a framework in which organic milk farming can develop in response to consumer demand and in full compliance with UKROFS standards. Some of the major problems likely to be encountered by farmers wishing to convert to organic dairy farming will be examined and potential benefits arising from conversion will be quantified. Objectives addressing these issues will be met by detailed monitoring of the physical, economic and environmental changes which occur during a 3 year conversion period of the IGER dairy farm (Ty Gwyn) at Trawsgoed, in conjunction with 10 other commercial farms undergoing conversion (representing a range of farm types and geographical locations). Livestock performance, including incidence and treatment of mastitis will be monitored at each study farm. Grassland yield, quality and utilisation will be measured and changes in botanical composition will be monitored. Appropriate entry scenarios, rotations and good husbandry practice for building up soil fertility and controlling weeds pests and disease will be identified and developed. Constraints to the conversion and sustaining of organic milk farming practices will be identified, including areas requiring further research. Results of the study will be communicated in published papers, conference proceedings, in the farming press and at open days.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1992

To: 1995

Cost: £558,394
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute of Grassland and Environment Research (IGER)
Organic Farming              
Fields of Study
Organic Farming