Sustainability Aspects of Automatic Milking Systems (AMS) in Organic Dairy Production in Denmark and the Netherlands

F.W. Oudshoorn, I.J.M. de Boer, R.J. Renes

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Abstract

Use of new technology can contribute to sustainable development, but a careful assessment should be made. Using a theoretical framework, the economical, ecological and societal consequences for sustainability are assessed and translated. Selected sustainability indicators are validated though literature and evaluated by a participatory method; the focus group interview. There are no reports or references to research on organic dairy farms with AMS. By cross examining references on AMS use with organic principles and sustainability aspects, it can be foreseen that economy, eutrophication of grassland, and milk quality can be threats to sustainability. Advisors and farmers represent the stakeholders in production. There were differences in perceptions among Dutch and Danish advisors, as well as between advisors and farmers. Economy is more often mentioned among Dutch advisors, but grazing and milk quality clearly concerned all participants in the focus groups. Participants often referred to consumers and animal welfare.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearching Sustainable Systems. Proceedings of the First Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), Held in Cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA), Adelaide, Australia, 21-23 September 2005
Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
Pages600-604
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event1st Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR). -
Duration: 21 Sep 200523 Sep 2005

Conference

Conference1st Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR).
Period21/09/0523/09/05

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    Oudshoorn, F. W., de Boer, I. J. M., & Renes, R. J. (2005). Sustainability Aspects of Automatic Milking Systems (AMS) in Organic Dairy Production in Denmark and the Netherlands. In Researching Sustainable Systems. Proceedings of the First Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), Held in Cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA), Adelaide, Australia, 21-23 September 2005 (pp. 600-604).