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Introducing trees in Dutch dairy and poultry farms

Bestman, M. and van Eekeren, N. (2013) Introducing trees in Dutch dairy and poultry farms. In: Løes, Anne-Kristin; Askegaard, Margrethe; Langer, Vibeke; Partanen, Kirsi; Pehme, Sirli; Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Salomon, Eva; Sørensen, Peter; Ullvén, Karin and Wivstad, Maria (Eds.) Organic farming systems as a driver for change, NJF Report, no. 9 (3), pp. 155-156.

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The potential of free range areas and grassland on organic farms for performing natural behaviour and offering natural feed is not fully utilized yet. Moreover, there are also chances to be picked up for enhancing biodiversity, carbon fixation and mineral cycling. For example, Dutch organic and free range poultry farms together have 2300 ha range area available. In dairy farms this area is much larger. Challenges on goat and cow farms are a natural enrichment of the ration of the animals and making larger areas of the meadows attractive by providing natural shelter against bad weather. We try to ‘solve’ these problems by introducing forestry in animal production and designing silvopastoral systems. Silvopastoral systems, which are the combination of trees and livestock, are applied traditionally already long times in ‘low input systems’ in Africa and in Mediterranean countries. Trees introduced on purpose in more intense livestock production systems in northwestern Europe is rather new.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Agrovoc keywords:
EnglishDairy farmshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_34762
EnglishPoultry farminghttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_6148
EnglishAnimal behaviourhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_8811
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2013: NJF Seminar 461 - Organic farming systems as a driver for change
Deposited By: Sørensen, Peter
ID Code:24576
Deposited On:06 Nov 2013 21:35
Last Modified:06 Nov 2013 21:35
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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