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Breeding Goals for Organic Dairy Farming in Denmark Based on the Principles of Organic Agriculture

Slagboom, Margot; Wallenbeck, Anna; Rydhmer, Lotta; Thomasen, Jørn Rind and Kargo, Morten (2018) Breeding Goals for Organic Dairy Farming in Denmark Based on the Principles of Organic Agriculture. Paper at: World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, 11–16 February 2018.

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Organic dairy farming (ODF) is different from conventional dairy farming in management practices, but so far the same breeding goal (BG) is used, based on the same economic models (EM). However, ODF is based on the principles of organic agriculture defined by the IFOAM, which are not easily interpreted in economic terms and it may be questionable to use a BG for ODF based on EM. In this study we set up three BGs for ODF in Denmark, one based on the principles of organic agriculture, one focusing on roughage consumption and feed efficiency, and one focusing on disease resistance. A questionnaire and desired gains index were used to set up the BGs. Correlations between these BGs and BGs based on EM were low. Which BG would be best suitable to use for ODF in Denmark depends on preferences of stakeholders.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Breeding and genetics
Research affiliation: Denmark > AU - Aarhus University
Sweden > Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Denmark > Organic RDD 2 > SOBcows
Deposited By: Hjortø, Line
ID Code:33030
Deposited On:27 Apr 2018 12:30
Last Modified:27 Apr 2018 12:30
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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