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Record number 402665
Title Simulation of the effect of grass intake on the farmer's income
Author(s) Pol, A. van den; Haan, M.H.A. de; Evers, A.G.; Philipsen, A.P.
Source In: Grassland in a changing world. Proceedings of the 23rd General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation, Kiel, Germany, 29th August - 2nd September 2010.. - Zürich, Switzerland : European Grassland Federation EGF - ISBN 9783869440200 - p. 100 - 102.
Event Zürich, Switzerland : European Grassland Federation EGF - ISBN 9783869440200 23th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation, 2010-08-29/2010-09-02
Department(s) LR - Environment
Wageningen Livestock Research
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2010
Abstract Grazing affects people, planet and profit. In general, the farmer's income will be higher when grazing of dairy cows is applied. We studied the economic effects of grazing for situations where we expect that grazing is difficult to apply. These situations could result in lower incomes for grazing. Farms with automatic milking systems, a small grazing surface, a large herd and/or a high milk yield per cow were studied. For the situations with automatic milking systems, large herds and high milk yields per cow, the farmer's income remained the highest for grazing. The difference between grazing and zero-grazing, however, was smaller than for farm situations without restrictions. In situations with more than 10 dairy cows ha" grazing surface, zero-grazing was more profitable than grazing. There was a strong relationship between intake of grass in pasture, on a typical farm, and the difference in income between grazing and zero-grazing. The more grass the cows eat in the pasture, the larger the income profit from grazing compared to zero-grazing.
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