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Schils, R.L.M., A.P. Philipsen, G. Holshof, R.L.G. Zom, I.E. Hoving, C.G. van Reenen, J.T.N. van der Werf, P.J. Galama, L. Sebek, C.W. Klootwijk, N.J.M. van Eekeren, N.J. Hoekstra, M.W.J. Stienezen and A. van den Pol-van Dasselaar. 2018. Amazing Grazing: science in support of future grass based dairy systems. p. 336-338. In: EGF 2018: Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands. Grassland Science in Europe. Cork, Ireland. 17-21 June 2018.

Number of pages: 3

Type of document: Conference Proceedings

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More information on authors/freelancers connected to LBI :
Nick J.M. van Eekeren Ph.D.;
Nyncke J. Hoekstra Ph.D.


Language of document: English

Title in English: Amazing Grazing: science in support of future grass based dairy systems

Abstract / summary in English:

The Amazing Grazing project addresses the challenges that Dutch farmers face in grazing systems with high feed supplementation and high stocking rates on the available grazing area. The project consists of six interlinked components (soil, grass growth, grass supply, grass intake, supplementation and behaviour), that are arranged around two grazing and three cutting experiments, as well as three far mer consultation groups. The grazing experiment showed that fresh grass intakes of approximately 6 kg DM cow-1 d-1 are feasible in intensive grazing systems with high feed supplementation levels. Tools for grass monitoring and planning, as well as cow behaviour monitoring, are being developed to support farmer decisions.


Keywords in English: Amazing Grazing, cow behaviour, planning, growth prediction, intake
Amazing Grazing: science in support of future grass based dairy systems