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Upgrading and implementing mathematical models to increase nitrogen use efficiency of lactating dairy cows.

Objective

Nitrogen (N) is an essential nutrient of food production, but its extended use led to the N cascade phenomenon with considerable effects on atmospheric, freshwater and marine systems. The increased efficiency of N use in dairy production is proposed as key action to reduce N contamination, and mathematical models provide a powerful tool to help with this. We are planning to use two models: The Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System (CNCPS; a cow based model) and the Lifetime Nitrogen Efficiency (LNE; a herd based model). The models will be updated on amino acid metabolism (CNCPS), heifer growth and cattle fertility and economics (LNE) increasing not only their accuracy but also their commercial potential. In parallel, an intensive outreach program will incorporate farms in each country to describe N balance situation. This step will provide the necessary time to familiarize and accommodate farms with current model use. The last phase of the project consists on the implementation of the upgraded models in our pilot farms. This will provide a real life example that can generate a shift in agricultural practice towards more efficient and less polluting dairy industry. The European Union has been taken several initiatives either at a research level (e.g. FP-7 project RedNex) or at a legislative level (e.g. the National Emission Ceilings directive 2001/81/EC; currently under revision) to reduce N pollution from dairy production. However, few strategies have been converted into agricultural practice because of the lack of an applied step linking research strategies with the dairy industry. This is the strength of the current project that includes four non-academic partners that consult on thousands of European dairy farms and six European and American academic institutions, two of which developed the models, but all highly prestigious in their countries and internationally.

Coordinator

PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS
Net EU contribution
€ 301 500,00
Address
Argonafton Filellinon
38221 Volos
Greece

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Μαγνησία Θεσσαλία Κεντρική Ελλάδα
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (12)

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 81 000,00
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 40 500,00
GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 117 000,00
Address
Iera Odos 75
11855 Athina

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Region
Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 4 500,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 225 000,00
Address
Via Universita 12
43100 Parma

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Region
Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Parma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 49 500,00
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 49 500,00
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth

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Region
Wales West Wales and The Valleys South West Wales
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 13 500,00
ZOOTROFES - CHIMIKA NOUTRIA ELLAS D. TSOLAKHS IKE
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 45 000,00
Address
Nato Avenue 100 Thesi Ag. Georgios
19300 Aspropyrgos, Athens

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Region
Δυτική Αττική Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
LABORATORIOS KARIZOO, SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 13 500,00
Address
Poligono Industrial La Borda, Calle Mas Pujadas Na
08140 Caldes De Montbui

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
RUM&N sas di Melli&C
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 45 000,00
Address
Sant'ambrogio 4/a
42123 Reggio Emilia

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Region
Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Reggio nell’Emilia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MOLE VALLEY FARMERS LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Exmoor House, Lime Way, Pathfields Business Park
EX36 3LH South Molton Devon

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South West (England) Devon Devon CC
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
WYNNSTAY GROUP PLC
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 13 500,00
Address
Eagle House Llansantffraid Ym Mechain
SY22 6AQ Powys

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Wales East Wales Powys
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 49 500,00
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool

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Region
North West (England) Merseyside Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 40 500,00
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki

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Region
Θεσσαλονίκη Κεντρική Μακεδονία Βόρεια Ελλάδα
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MENDIP VETERINARY SERVICES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 13 500,00
Address
The Horticultural Works - Green Ore
BA5 3EU Wells

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South West (England) Dorset and Somerset Somerset
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Pine Tree Road 373
14850 Ithaca Ny

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 108 000,00