Grazing cows Dutch landscape

Grazing cows: icons of the Dutch landscape

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%.

New web tools, training, and coaching reinforce craftsmanship and stimulate many dairy farmers to start grazing again
Bert Philipsen, researcher Animal Nutrition

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.

Grazing is amazing: this motto formed the starting point for the project.
Grazing is amazing: this motto formed the starting point for the project.