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How far can cycles be closed in organic dairy farming?

Iepema, ir G and de Wit, ir J. (2006) How far can cycles be closed in organic dairy farming? Poster at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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Abstract - Dutch organic dairy farmers asked for a tool to get insight in the ecological sustainabilty of their farms. For that purpose, the area used for milk production outside the farm was calculated for 17 farmers. As expected, a high variation in external input was found, since diversity in farming was one of the selection criteria for involving the project.
Management factors as selling manure and crop rotation resulted in a smaller total area used per kg produced milk. A deep litter stable and a low clover percentage in the grassland fields caused on the other hand an increasment in total area used per kg milk and thereby a lower degree of closeness of nutrient cycles. The calculation of external hectares (ha) gave the farmers insight in the total area that they used for milk production. The degree of closeness varied per farm, which means that improvement on this issue is possible. A few Bioveem-farmers have almost closed their cycles; these farmers used no, or even a nega-tive amount of external ha. This means that closing nutrient cycles is possible in organic dairy farming. And that in some cases even space is created for other more demanding types of land use such arable farming.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Subjects: Animal husbandry
Animal husbandry > Production systems
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 7: Development of livestock production systems
Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
Deposited By: Iepema, ir Goaitske
ID Code:7526
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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