Themes

Practice-based innovations in dairy farming

EuroDairy is a new network to increase the economic, social and environmental sustainability of dairy farming in Europe, at a time of unprecedented challenge for the sector.

Biodiversity

Overview

The dairy sector utilises the largest quantity of land within the EU (over 50 million hectares). One of the main challenges to sustainable intensification is to balance productivity with maintenance and enhancement of biodiversity.

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Resource Efficiency

Overview

A key objective of sustainable intensification of agriculture is the achievement of ‘greater output, whilst impacting less’. Through the application of best practice, and practice-based innovation, EuroDairy aims to improve the efficiency of dairy farms.

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Socio-Economics

Overview

Dairy farmers within the EU have been exposed to both the positives and the negatives of price volatility since 2007. Further reform of the CAP and the abolition of milk quotas brings further changes, and potentially significant shifts in relative competitiveness between regions.

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Animal Care

Overview

How animals are cared for is of paramount importance for European consumers. Two important challenges related to animal care are of growing concern to the dairy industry. Firstly, the ability of fully housed systems to meet good standards for health, welfare and opportunity to express.

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