Characteristics of organic dairy major farm types in seven European countries

Wallenbeck, Anna; Rousing, Tine; Sorensen, Jan Tind; Bieber, Anna; Spengler Neff, Anet GND; Fürst-Waltl, Birgit; Winckler, Christoph GND; Pfeiffer, C.; Steininger, F.; Simantke, Christel GND; March, Solveig GND; Brinkmann, Jan GND; Walczak, Jacek; Wojcik, P.; Ribikauskas, Vytautas; Wilhelmsson, S.; Skjerve, T.; Ivemeyer, Silvia

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 MFTcharacteristics, 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 MFT and country and (3) Creating an open research database on MFTcharacteristics, 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 strategie such as feeding, animal health management and recruitment strategies across the organic dairy sector in Europe. These variations seem to be associated with MFT and country and (3) Creating an open research database on MFTcharacteristics, 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.

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Wallenbeck, Anna / Rousing, Tine / Sorensen, Jan / et al: Characteristics of organic dairy major farm types in seven European countries. 2019.

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