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Innovative and sustainable systems combining automatic milking and precision grazing

Objective

AUTOGRASSMILK is a unique cooperation of SME associations representing close to 100,000 SME’s in Ireland, Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, and Sweden and the core agricultural RTD’s of these countries. AUTOGRASSMILK will analyze, develop, experiment and disseminate concepts for integrating grazing and automatic milking (AM) for dairy farms. By using a network of RTD’s, advisory connected to SME-AGs, 20 monitor farms spread over Europe and two partner farms the concepts will be solidly documented and demonstrated. Dairy farming in Europe is a very important agricultural sector, employing over 600,000 professional farm managers (not including their staff), and more than 400,000 in the processing industry. Dairy farming in Europe has adopted AM at an accelerating rate for reasons such as improvement in lifestyle, less physical work, attracting skilled labour and for increased profitability based on higher milk production and lower labour costs. With AM, the cow is milked individually at her own free will, which is an entirely new way of dairy farming. Up to now, indoor feeding systems have been well adapted to AM, however grazing has not. Traditional pasture research does not provide the answers when AM is combined with grazing. Grazing has many advantages for economy, environment, animal welfare and product quality. With the increased focus on sustainability in society, these are very important, and crucially, grass is a low-cost high quality feed if it is managed well. To ensure a wide application among all types of farms, the six partners represent the whole range from extensive family size AM farms to intensive large dairy herds with the latest AM technology. AUTOGRASSMILK has the potential to increase the competitiveness of dairy farming in Europe by developing feeding strategies for dairy cows incorporating grazed grass with AM for various production systems.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Coordinator

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Ireland

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bernadette O'brien (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 114 625

Participants (16)

IRISH GRASSLAND ASSOCIATION
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 470 337
Address
Cookstown
Kells Meath

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Maura Callery (Ms.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 6 509
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Boudewijn Kroes (Mr.)
LAND- EN TUINBOUW ORGANISATIE NOORDVERENIGING LTO NOORD
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 266 281
Address
Zwartewaterallee 14
8031 DX Zwolle

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Ivar Bisseling (Mr.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 6 165
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Inge Harbo (Ms.)
VIDENCENTRET FOR LANDBRUG
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 73 087,51
Address
Agro Food Park 15
8200 Aarhus

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ole Kristensen (Mr.)
INSTITUT DE L'ELEVAGE
France
EU contribution
€ 5 670
Address
Rue De Bercy 149
75012 Paris

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Valerie Brocard (Mrs.)
CENTRE NATIONAL INTERPROFESSIONNELDE L'ECONOMIE LAITIERE
France
EU contribution
€ 276 040
Address
Rue De Chateaudun 42
75009 Paris

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nadine Ballot (Mrs.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 6 800
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Johan Karlsson (Mr.)
VAXA SVERIGE EKONOMISK FORENING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 145 500
Address
Kungsangens Gard 6 D
751 05 Uppsala

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hanna Nilsson (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 5 600
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Dufrasne (Dr.)
COMITE DU LAIT DES PROVINCES DE LIEGE, NAMUR, LUXEMBOURG, DU BRABANT WALLON ET HAINAUT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 390 800
Address
Route De Herve 104
4651 Battice Herve

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Emile Piraux (Mr.)
AIDAN MICHAEL POWER
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 25 313
Address
Gurrane, Latteragh
Nenagh

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anne Power (Mrs.)
WORM THURE
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 25 255
Address
Lundsmarkvej 41
6760 Ribe

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thure Worm (Mr.)
THE CIRCA GROUP EUROPE LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 73 583
Address
Pembroke Street 26 Fitzwilliam Business Centre
D02 Dublin

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jim Codd (Mr.)
SVENSK MJOELK AB

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Sweden
Address
Vattugatan 17
10124 Stockholm

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jakob Söderberg (Dr.)
SEGES PS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 381 980,49
Address
Agro Food Park 15
8200 Aarhus

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Peter Bay (Mr.)