PhD defence

Corina van Middelaar - Solutions for climate change from dairy farming

Due to an increase in the demand for animal-source food, such as milk and meat, environmental problems related to keeping of livestock increase. An example is the emission of greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change.

PhD candidate CE (Corina) van Middelaar
Promotor IJM (Imke) de Boer
Co-promotor J (Jan) Dijkstra PBM (Paul) Berentsen
Organisation Wageningen University, Business Economics, Animal Nutrition, Animal Production Systems

Fri 13 June 2014 16:00 to 17:30

Venue Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from dairy farming, feeding and breeding strategies have been proposed. Strategies, however, are only effective when they reduce emissions along the entire chain and costs are limited.

Corina van Middelaar
There is no single solution to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from dairy production.
Corina van Middelaar

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

To identify which strategies offer potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in practice, an integral evaluation was performed. Results show that there are several options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions along the dairy production chain; some are more cost-effective than others. Feeding nitrate and feeding less mature grass and grass silage, for example, are more cost-effective than feeding linseed. Furthermore, breeding for increased longevity and, especially on less efficient farms, for increased milk yield, can contribute to reduced emissions. It was concluded, however, that a combination of strategies is required to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from dairy farming.