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Developing Genetic Tools to Mitigate the Environmental Impact of Dairy Systems

Objective

The EU25 produce approximately 132 million tonnes of milk from 24.3 million cows on 1.76 million farm holdings. Ruminant animals account for up to 20% of the world methane production with the EU25 dairy population producing approximately 3.2 million tonnes of methane (CH4) per year. Many EU countries have specific and binding commitments relating to the reduction of GHG emissions, and all sectors of the economy are coming under increasing scrutiny in relation to their share in the overall emissions target. Little work has been done on the role of dairy cow genetics in dairy system emissions, particularly considering the role of genetics in the whole farming system, including feeding strategy and management policies (e.g., energy balance, housing periods, fertilisation and manure management). GREENHOUSEMILK will help us understand the role of energy efficiency and partitioning in the overall GHG output of dairy systems and develop innovative tools to help farmers’ select “environmentally friendly” bulls to suit their system and how to manage those bulls’ daughters in an appropriate manner. GREENHOUSEMILK will harness statistical and genetic tools to elucidate the genetics of emissions in dairy cattle and develop innovative and integrative tools that address the environmental impact of dairy farming, thus underpinning a high priority policy area. GREENHOUSEMILK will build on data, resources and expertise being developed in the FP7 KBBE-2007-1 funded project RobustMilk. Utilising the resources and skills from RobustMilk to address other questions is highly beneficial and synergistic and will add to the outcomes of both projects. GREENHOUSEMILK will examine: 1. causes of variation in CHG emissions in dairy cows, 2. genomic tools to help select for reduced CHG emissions, 3. integrating animal CHG emissions into farm systems models and, 4. developing selection indices that include environmental impact.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/dairy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 551 903,90
Administrative Contact
Aalt Dijkhuizen (Dr.)

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 196 610
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Girin (Dr.)
Agricultural Catchments Programme
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 429 351
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ryan Mark (Mr.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 508,10
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Ragnarsdotter Jajke (Ms.)
IRISH CATTLE BREEDING FEDERATION SOCIETY LTD

Participation ended

Ireland
Address
Highfield House Shinagh
Bandon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brian Wickham (Dr.)
Milk Development Council Evaluations Limited

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Stoneleigh Park-agriculture & Horticulture Development Board
CV82TL Kenilworth
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Marco Winters (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 142 902
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela Noble (Ms.)
SRUC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 621 526
Address
West Mains Road
EH9 3JG Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael L Smith (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 230 680
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Angelo Trussardi (Mr.)
ASG VEEHOUDERIJ BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
Edelhertweg 15
8219 PH Lelystad
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Roel Veerkamp (Dr.)