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INTRODUCING TREES IN DAIRY AND POULTRY FARMS - Experiences dairy and poultry farmers' networks in The Netherlands

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Bestman, Monique; Eekeren, Nick van; Luske, Boki; Vonk, Mark; Anssems, Emiel; Boosten, Martijn and Bree, Miriam van (2014) INTRODUCING TREES IN DAIRY AND POULTRY FARMS - Experiences dairy and poultry farmers' networks in The Netherlands. Paper at: IFOAM Organic World Congress 2014, Istanbul, Turkey, 13-15 October 2014. [Completed]

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In the Netherlands networks of goat, cow and poultry farmers started to grow trees in their fields and outdoor runs. This was done for different reasons: animal welfare (shelter); production of fodder, biomass, litter or fruits; spread of minerals from manure; increase biodiversity; keep away certain wild animals that carry diseases. In this abstract we present the project activities and the first experiences from the farmers. The so-called ‘silvopastoral’ systems (= combination of trees and animals) are applied traditionally already long times in Africa and Mediterranean countries. Now we apply them in modern, relatively high input animal husbandry systems.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:silvopastoral systems, fodder trees, multifunctional land use, goats, dairy cows, laying hens
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Farming Systems
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Sheep and goats
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Practitioners Track
Deposited By: Bestman, Monique
ID Code:23894
Deposited On:01 Oct 2013 07:03
Last Modified:23 Feb 2015 13:13
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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