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Compost barn for dairy cows in the Parmigiano-Reggiano district: an innovative and sustainable housing system and an alternative to cubicles

Operational Group

Compost barn for dairy cows in the Parmigiano-Reggiano district: an innovative and sustainable housing system and an alternative to cubicles

Start Date: 01 June 2016

End Date: 01 May 2019

Location: Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Objective:

  • Evidence positive and negative aspects of using a Compost barn as cow housing system in the reality of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • Provide possible typologies of compost barns which are compatible with the climate of the Po Valley and with the predominant housing systems in the Parmigiano-Reggiano district
  • Improve animal welfare, working environment of employees and improve the economic performance of dairy cattle farms

Partners:

Fondazione CRPA Studi Ricerche, University of Florence – GESAAF, Regional Association of Stockbreeders of Emilia-Romagna – ARAER, Azienda Agricola Ceinar Paolo, Biogold Azienda Agricola Biologica, Società Agricola Arca, Società Agricola La Valle di Bandini Paolo e Andrea, Società Agricola Ozzanello di Bricoli e Giarelli, Azienda Agricola Iris, Azienda Agricola Arcobaleno, Research Centre on Animal Production – CRPA spa.

Website:
http://compostbarn.crpa.it/

Coordinator :
Matteo Barbari matteo.barbari@unifi.it

Number of farms:
7

Funding organisations:
Funding Organisations : EU