Grassland and forages in high output dairy farming systems in Flanders and the Netherlands

A. van den Pol, H. Aarts, E. De Caesteker, A. de Vliegher, A. Elgersma, D. Reheul, J.A. Reijneveld, R. Vaes

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Abstract

The dairy sector in the EU faces many challenges as a consequence of political, economic and societal developments. Many countries are responding to these changes by exploring the possibilities and constraints of scaling up and intensification. This also holds for Flanders and the Netherlands, where
dairy farming systems are already intensive. This paper describes high output dairy farming systems in the Netherlands and Flanders and discusses their problems, solutions and perspectives associated with grassland and forages. The dairy farming systems are generally characterised by high fluxes of nitrogen
and phosphorus through the systems. Research has led to a strong decrease in mineral losses to the environment in practice. The decrease in grazing is another concern of high output systems. Many activities have been initiated with the aim of stabilisation of the number of dairy cows grazing. Further scaling up of farms and intensification is thought to be possible in the Netherlands and Flanders because of high soil fertility, favourable weather conditions, a good infrastructure and well-educated farmers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGrassland and forages in high output dairy farming systems
EditorsA. van den Pol, H.F.M. Aarts, Alex De Vliegher, A. Elgersma
PublisherEuropean Grassland Federation EGF
Pages3-11
Volume20
ISBN (Print)9789090289618
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2015
Event18th Symposium of the European Grassland Federation : Grassland and forages in high output dairy farming systems, Wageningen, the Netherlands -
Duration: 15 Jun 201517 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameGrassland Science in Europe
PublisherEGF
Volume20

Conference

Conference18th Symposium of the European Grassland Federation : Grassland and forages in high output dairy farming systems, Wageningen, the Netherlands
Period15/06/1517/06/15

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