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Joint technical and economic assessment of feed autonomy in organic cattle farms

Faux, Anne-Michelle; Guillaume, Mary; Decruyenaere, Virginie and Stilmant, Didier (2018) Joint technical and economic assessment of feed autonomy in organic cattle farms. In: Grassland Science in Europe – Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands, 23, pp. 742-744.

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Increasing the level of feed autonomy (self-sufficiency) is usually considered as a prerequisite for conversion of cattle farms to organic farming. Technically it requires adjusting fodder production and feed purchases in terms of quantity and quality to the requirements of the herd. A joint technical and economic assessment of feed autonomy in organic cattle farms was conducted. Data were collected in 2014 and 2015 on 11 Belgian farms located in distinct agricultural regions and characterised by different proportions of grassland area. Dry matter yield and nutritional quality were determined at each harvest for each fodder crop, including permanent and temporary grasslands, immature cereal-legume crops and grain crops. Animal productions and economic data, including all cash inflows and outflows, were recorded. Economically efficient farms had high levels of feed autonomy, ranging from 89 to 100%. Three economically-efficient feeding strategies were identified for organic cattle production. Strategies differed from each other according to the proportion of grassland area, level of animal production and the achieved level of feed autonomy.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:grassland, dairy farm, beef farm, organic, feed autonomy, economic efficiency
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Beef cattle
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation:Belgium
Belgium > Wallonia > Centre Wallon de Recherche Agronomique (CRA-W) (Gembloux)
Deposited By: MOERMAN, Mrs Marie
ID Code:44952
Deposited On:21 Dec 2022 08:03
Last Modified:21 Dec 2022 08:03
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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