Over the last decades, due to environmental issues in combination of growing herd sizes and installed automatic milking systems, grazing has become less favourable. Wageningen Livestock Research contributes to the aim of stopping the decline in the grazing of cows.
The share of grazing dairy farms decreased:
- 91% in 2007
- 81% in 2011
Bend the grazing trend
Societal pressure has triggered government and stakeholders in 2012 to bend this trend in the Convenant Weidegang (grazing), aiming to maintain the level of grazing to at least 81%.
Strengthen the craftmanship aroud grazing
Wageningen Livestock Research conducts fundamental as well as applied research on all aspects of grazing, i.e. the considerations of keeping cows in-door or out-door; and improving the efficiency of grazing. All our knowledge and expertise is pivoted to strengthen, renew and substantiate the craftsmanship around grazing.
Getting closer to the target
After an all-time low of 77.8% in 2014, the percentage of grazing dairy farms increased to 80.4% in 2017; getting close to the target.