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Sustainable Organic and Low-input Dairying (SOLID)

Objective

Organic and low-input dairy farming systems are increasingly noted as delivering multifunctional benefits to the agricultural industry and society but technical and economic constraints prevent widespread adoption. SOLID will deliver an innovative toolbox of novel methodologies that will contribute to the competitiveness of the dairy industry and increase the effectiveness with which these benefits are delivered. SOLID facilitates the use of breeds and feeding strategies to maintain productivity, improve animal health and welfare while meeting the market requirement for high quality milk. A multidisciplinary team comprising academic and stakeholder (SME) partners from across Europe, encompassing dairy cows and goats, will identify and apply novel strategies at the farm level and throughout the supply chain. Innovative science and models, combined with a participatory approach, will tackle practical issues, and assess competitive sustainability and integration across a range of scales and geographical contexts. Proteomics combined with genotyping and calorimetry will be used to characterise and quantify dairy cow and goat breed adaptation to organic and low-input systems. Given the reliance of such systems on forage, SOLID will develop novel and sustainable feed resources and design a decision-support model to optimise the management of on-farm forage supply. Life cycle assessment tools will assess environmental sustainability of grassland-based multifunctional dairy systems. Analysis of the supply chain from fork to farm will quantify the acceptability of new strategies and enhance collaboration. An integrated assessment tool and socio-economic modelling will assess innovations on farms and along supply chains, and will predict the impact of more widespread adoption of low-input practises. Effective knowledge dissemination and exchange activities will target key stakeholder groups ensuring exploitation of outputs at animal, farm, region, sector and European levels.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/industrial crops/fodder
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/dairy

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2010-4
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 883 968,61
Administrative Contact
Nigel David Scollan (Prof.)

Participants (25)

MAA JA ELINTARVIKETALOUDEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 1 038 946
Address
Building O - Humppilantie 14
FI-31600 Jokioinen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marketta Rinne (Prof.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 981 704
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
John Hermansen (Dr.)
PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 492 324
Address
Trent Lodge
GL7 6JN Cirencester
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nicholas Lampkin (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 345 521
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Werner Zollitsch (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 333 019
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Raffaele Zanoli (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 266 797
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
AGRIFOOD AND BIOSCIENCES INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 166 849
Address
Newforge Lane 18A
BT9 5PX Belfast
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Conrad Ferris (Dr.)
LUONNONVARAKESKUS
Finland
Address
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marketta Rinne (Prof.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 234 974
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christina Besta (Ms.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 203 725
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vincenzo Cardarelli (Mr.)
EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 128 960
Address
Burg. Van Gansberghelaan 92 Bus 1
9820 Merelbeke
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ludwig Lauwers (Prof.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 179 040
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eusebio Jiménez Arroyo (Mr.)
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU BIOLOGIE SI NUTRITIE ANIMALA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 138 760
Address
Calea Bucuresti 1
077015 Balotesti
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Catalin Dragomir (Dr.)
SERVICE ICAR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 143 512,50
Address
Via Savoia 78 Sc.a Int.3
00198 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elena Murelli (Dr.)
Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 17 670
Address
Parkway 501
BS22 6WA Worle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Savidge (Mr.)
INSTITUTE OF ORGANIC TRAINING AND ADVICE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 9 600
Address
Cow Hall Newcastle On Clun
SY7 8PG Craven Arms
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sarah Jameson (Ms.)
LEIBNIZ-ZENTRUM FUER AGRARLANDSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG (ZALF) e.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 250 282
Address
Eberswalder Str. 84
15374 Muencheberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Johann Bachinger (Dr.)
Calon Wen Organic Milk Co-operative Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 12 945
Address
Knowles Farm, Lawrenny
SA68 0PX Kilgetty
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roger Kerr (Mr.)
ISTITUTO PER LA CERTIFICAZIONE ETICA ED AMBIENTALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 40 880
Address
Via Brugnoli 15
40122 Bologna
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Lorenzo Paluan (Dr.)
AGRICULTURAL DAIRY COOPERATIVE OF ANOGIA PROODOS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 16 860
Address
Anogia
74051 Mylopotamos Rethymnon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Evi Vretzou (Ms.)
Juvan Luomu OY

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 10 320,89
Address
Vanha Juvantie 54B
51820 Hatsola
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kari Partanen (Mr.)
WIM GOVAERTS & CO
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 16 280
Address
Degstraat 4
B-2230 Blauberg-herselt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wim Govaerts (Mr.)
FEDERACION ANDALUZA DE ASOCIACIONES DE GANADO CAPRINO DE RAZA PURA, CABRANDALUCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 11 640
Address
Caserio De San Pedro S/n
18220 Albolote
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Manuel Garcia Gomez (Mr.)
Thise Mejeri amba
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 18 360
Address
Sundsorevej 62
7870 Roslev
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jens Christensen (Mr.)
SC AGRO SOLOMONESCU SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 12 920
Address
Sat Miron Costin
717466 Botosani
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carmen Solomonescu (Ms.)