Grazing dairy cows in North-West Europe : Economic farm performance and future developments with emphasis on the Dutch situation

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    Abstract

    The dairy sector is an important contributor to food production, economic activity and land use in the European Union. Grazing has long been a traditional element of dairy farming in the EU. Current developments in the dairy sector appear to result in a decline in grazing. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is concerned about this decline, particularly because of consequences for animal welfare, and has commissioned this analysis. This study gives an overview of the current state-of-the-art and expected future developments with respect to grazing in six key target EU countries of WSPA. The study builds to a large extent on local expertise and focuses on economic aspects and farm management issues.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationThe Hague
    PublisherLEI Wageningen UR
    Number of pages124
    ISBN (Print)9789086156375
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Publication series

    NameReport / LEI : Research area Agriculture & entrepreneurship
    PublisherLEI, Wageningen UR

    Keywords

    • dairy farming
    • dairy cows
    • grazing
    • grazing systems
    • pastures
    • grassland management
    • dairy cattle nutrition
    • farm results
    • returns
    • farm structure
    • future
    • northwestern europe
    • european union countries
    • netherlands
    • animal welfare
    • animal production
    • dairy cattle

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