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Impact matrix analysis and cost-benefit calculations to improve management practices regarding health status in organic dairy farming

Objective

Animal health status in organic dairy farming does not in all respect meet consumers’ expectations. Improvements are crucial to support consumers’ confidence and their willingness to pay premium prices. These are urgently needed to cover the higher production costs. Previous herd health planning concepts have prepared the ground for further advancements. However, recommended measures are often implemented only to an unsatisfactory degree, differing widely between farms, and resulting in an improper animal health status.
The IMPRO project aims to substantially overcome weak points in current health management strategies on organic dairy farms and to increase the implementation of evidence based measures and to improve practice of health management. This will be achieved by a multidisciplinary and participatory approach to develop farm specific solutions regarding preventive measures and early treatment strategies. Researchers with a thorough experience in conducting applied research will aim for the following:
• to develop a participatory and farm-centric diagnostic tool for a sound diagnostic procedure at the farm level, identifying the most effective measures to improve animal health,
• to evaluate farm-specific costs and benefits of recommended measures, to optimise farm-specific allocation of available resources, and to emerge incentives,
• to examine the motivation and attitudes of farmer, advisor, and veterinarian directly involved in health management practice,
• to elaborate reference values for achievable standards with respect to animal health status,
• to develop a pro-active monitoring protocol aiming for improved effectiveness of preventive and treatment strategies and for a reduction in the use of allopathic remedies,
• to assess the manageability of alternative treatments according to the state-of-the-art,
• to develop a software-based tool including health monitoring, farm diagnostics’ procedures, cost-benefit calculation, and break-even analysis.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/dairy
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET KASSEL
Address
Monchebergstrasse 19
34125 Kassel
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 003 959
Administrative Contact
Sigrid Reinhard

Participants (6)

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 507 570
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulf Emanuelson (Prof.)
ECOLE NATIONALE VETERINAIRE, AGROALIMENTAIRE ET DE L'ALIMENTATION NANTES ATLANTIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 416 836
Address
Site De La Chantrerie, Route De Gachet
44307 Nantes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Françoise Briand (Ms.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 452 697,75
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ineke Van Driel (Ms.)
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 400 749,05
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jordi De La Cuesta Fernández (Mr.)
DATA SERVICE PARETZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 213 859,20
Address
Parkring 3
14669 Ketzin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Werner Feucker (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 270 116
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Stansfield (Ms.)