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Poster: Organic milk as a sustainability strategy for Finnish milk system

Mikkola, Minna (2009) Poster: Organic milk as a sustainability strategy for Finnish milk system. University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute.

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Summary

Dairy farming in Finland is historically a mode of family farming, although modes like dairy farm companies and collaborative farms are increasing. Organic farmers are relatively young, well educated and their farms are modern and in the average, rather large. The use of automated milking systems (AMS) allows larger cattle sizes and makes work easier compared with previous methods. The organic cows’ feed is mainly grown on the farm, which makes organic milk production truly local business. The feeding is based on clover-grass silage, barley, oats, pea and rape-seed, the latter being often commercial. The organic cows produce about 8 000 kg milk yearly featuring a fairly reasonable level of intensity. The relatively small cattle sizes support disease control, and salmonella prevalence is extremely low.


EPrint Type:Other
Keywords:iPOPY, dairy, milk, sustainable, economy, market, catering
Subjects: Environmental aspects
"Organics" in general > Country reports > Finland
Food systems > Produce chain management
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > iPOPY
Finland > Univ. Helsinki > Rural Research
Deposited By: Koesling, Matthias
ID Code:15409
Deposited On:11 Feb 2009
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:39
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:Poster presented at the seminar: Like what you get? Is it good for you?
Organic food, health and sustainable development in schools. 21.–22.1.2009, Helsinki, Finland. Open seminar of the project innovative Public Organic food Procurement for Youth 'iPOPY'

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