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Characteristics of organic dairy major farm types in seven European countries

Wallenbeck, A.; Rousing, T.; Sørensen, J. T.; Bieber, A.; Spengler Neff, A.; Fuerst-Waltl, B.; Winckler, C.; Pfeiffer, C.; Steininger, F.; Simantke, C.; March, S.; Brinkmann, J.; Walczak, J.; Wójcik, P.; Ribikauskas, V.; Wilhelmsson, S.; Skjerve, T. and Ivemeyer, S. (2019) Characteristics of organic dairy major farm types in seven European countries. Organic Agriculture, 9, pp. 275-291.

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This study aimed to identify organic dairy major farm types (MFTs) in seven European countries, describe these MFTs in an open research database and assess central characteristics of the MFTs. This was conducted in a three-step procedure including (1) Identification of organic MFTs in seven European countries: Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden, based on existing data from dairy databases and consultations with experts within the respective fields of knowledge; (2) Collection of data on farm characteristics, management procedures, production level and herd health from at least 10 farms per MFT and country and (3) Creating an open research database on MFT characteristics, description of essential characteristics of MFTs and assessment of similarities and differences between farms within and across MFTs. The results indicate variations in herd characteristics such as production level, herd size, farm size, housing system, milking system and cow health status between organic dairy farms in these seven European countries. It also indicates variations in management strategies such as feeding, animal health management and recruitment strategies across the organic dairy sector in Europe. These variations seem to be associated with differences between regions and countries in the conditions for organic dairy production, such as topography, land availability and regulations.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Organic dairy production, Farm size, Housing, Production level, Health, Feeding, Breeding, animal breeding
Agrovoc keywords:
dairy farms
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation:Austria > Univ. BOKU Wien
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Animal welfare & housing
Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Farm Animal Behaviour and Husbandry
Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > Faculty of Science and Technology > Department of Animal Science
Germany > Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries - VTI > Institute of Organic Farming - OEL
Sweden > Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) > Department of Animal Environment and Health
Sweden > University of Uppsala
ISSN:1879-4238 (Print), 1879-4246 (Online)
Related Links:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13165-018-0230-1
Deposited By: Bieber, Anna
ID Code:35103
Deposited On:20 Mar 2019 17:13
Last Modified:03 Aug 2021 11:31
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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