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New Integrated dairy production systems: specification, practical feasibility and ways of implementation - IS0214

UK dairy farming has evolved mainly in response to economic drivers but additionally is now being given environmental goals. Ways to reconcile these economic and environmental pressures are needed in the form of more sustainable systems that are based on integrated farming principles and that can be implemented in a cost-effective manner. In this project we aim to determine the specification of these modified and new systems of dairy farming using a combination of intelligence gathering, modelling and feasibility assessment. The research will comprise 4 phases:-
(i) Quantitative definition of all criterial of sustainability and performance of existing systems assessed against them; (ii) Development of a modelling framework comprising existing N and P cycling models connected to `score matrices` for measuring attributes of biodiversity, landscape, product quality and animal welfare; (iii) Use of the modelling framework to identify a range of site conditional speicifications for systems that have the potential to comply with both economic and enviromental criteria of sustainability; (iv) Joint work with industrial partners to determine relative feasibilities and implementaion plans. The following key deliverables will thus be obtained:- a quantitative assessment of the required changes in the properties of the different system components; a novel modelling framework that uniquely links all criteria of sustainability; and the specification of modified and novel sustainable dairy systems, together with implementaion plans for the most feasible and practicable.
Project Documents
• Final Report : IS0214_New integrated dairy production systems: specification, practical feasibility and ways of implementation   (1120k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2007

Cost: £446,603
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute of Grassland and Environment Research (IGER)
Climate Change              
Environmental Impact              
Livestock Farming              
Natural Resource Use              
Sustainable Farming and Food              
Sustainable Production