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Improving sustainability of milk production systems in the european union through increasing reliance on grazed pasture.

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2001-02111

  • Start date

    1 October 2001

  • End date

    30 September 2004

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 543 991

  • EU contribution

    € 955 395

Coordinated by:

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF NORTHERN IRELAND

United Kingdom

Objective

Milk production systems based on a high reliance on grazed herbage offer a number of economic, animal welfare and environmental benefits. In order to increase uptake of such systems within the EU with particular application within the Atlantic Arc region, reliable decision support systems are required to assist the farmer in grassland management. This proposal brings together expertise from 5 member states within the EU to develop and validate European grass growth and herbage intake models and to incorporate these within a practical decision support system for use at farm level. At a EU level, the models developed in this project will enable examination of policy decisions on the relative competitiveness and economic sustainability of pasture-based production systems within individual member states.

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Coordinator

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF NORTHERN IRELAND

Address

Large Park
Bt26 6dr Hillsborough

United Kingdom

Participants (5)

CONSELLERIA DE AGRICULTURA Y POLITICA AGROALIMENTARIA - XUNTA GALICIA

Spain

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE AGRONOMIQUE DE RENNES

France

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

INSTITUTE OF GRASSLAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

United Kingdom

THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

Sweden

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2001-02111

  • Start date

    1 October 2001

  • End date

    30 September 2004

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 543 991

  • EU contribution

    € 955 395

Coordinated by:

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF NORTHERN IRELAND

United Kingdom