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The validation of a computer simulation model for use in organic dairy farm systems in the United Kingdom

Nicholas, Phillipa K; Padel, Susanne; Fowler, Sue; Lampkin, Nic; Topp, Cairistiona F E and Weller, Richard (2002) The validation of a computer simulation model for use in organic dairy farm systems in the United Kingdom. In: Powell, Jane and et al. (Eds.) Proceedings of the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference, Organic Centre Wales, Institute of Rural Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth, pp. 199-200.

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This report was presented at the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference. On organic dairy farms, computer simulation models can be used to predict more rapidly and at less cost than field trials the outcome of changes to management strategies or physical resource inputs. Such models need to be validated with data from existing organic dairy farms to ensure that the predictions made are realistic. As part of a larger organic dairy farm modelling project, this study will use data from 2 contrasting organic dairy systems at Ty Gwyn research farm, to validate a whole farm dairy system model developed by the Scottish Agricultural College. The model will be used in future work to identify the most productive and resource use efficient organic dairy systems across a range of farm locations and resource availabilities.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Colloquium of Organic Researchers; COR; modelling; dairy; farming systems; resource use efficiency, productivity; computer simulation model; UK
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Knowledge management
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication > Technology transfer
Research affiliation: UK
UK > Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER)
UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2002
UK > Univ. Aberystwyth > Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
UK > Scottish Rural Colleges (SRUC - previously SAC)
Deposited By: Powell, Ms Jane
ID Code:8392
Deposited On:20 Oct 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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