Climate Care Cattle Farming Systems


Aim is to develop climate smart cattle farming systems reducing GHG and ammonia emissions while maintaining the social-economic outlook of the farm business. Key words are efficiency of production and care for climate. Central in the approach are innovative housing and manure handling systems in reducing emmissions, like use of composted bedding material, separation of faeces and urine, artificial floor constructions, manure cleaning robots, cow toilet, virtual fencing and ICT data collection techniques, and precision crop fertilization. Promising feeding, breeding and grassland mitigation practices are examined to contribute to the integrated systems approach. Our study will deliver an assessment of the environmental performance of a network of study field farms in eight EU-countries on basis of NPC balance tools and simple emission measurement methods. Researcher–farmer interaction is meant to improve performance. Expertise groups in each country evaluate the outcomes.

Stichting Wageningen Research, WR, Netherlands 
Peter Groot Koerkamp

Project partners 
Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry, UniFi, Italy 
Institute of Animal sciences, LLU, Latvia 
Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics, JLU, Germany National Research Institute of Animal Production, NRIAP, Poland 
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Animal Science Institute, LUHS, Lithuania 
Scotland's Rural College, SRUC, United Kingdom 
Institute de l'elevage, IDELE, France 
UMR1069, Sol, Agro & hydro syst, INRA SAS, France 
UMR Ecosystème Prairial, INRA UREP, France 
University of Kentucky, KU, United States 
Federal University of Lavras, UFLA, Brazil 
PLF Lab. Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization (A.R.O.) – The Volcani Centre, ARO, Israel

Total requested funding 
1.726.000 €

Start-end date 
01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023

Project duration
36 months