In 2015 the Netherlands Society for Grasslands and Fodder crops organises the 18th Symposium of the European Grassland Federation; Grassland and Fodder crops in high output dairy farming systems. The symposium will be held in Wageningen, the Netherlands, from 15-17 June. The symposium is jointly organised by Livestock Research.
The end of the milk quota system in 2015 represents an additional major change for the European dairy sector. Many countries anticipate this change by exploring the possibilities and constraints of scaling up and intensification. The Symposium 'Grassland and forages in high output dairy farming systems' in June 2015, focuses therefore on a particular aspect of the European grassland community, i.e. intensive animal production systems. The issue of food security is asking for high output from agricultural systems. A major question is the extent to which societal demands, such as animal welfare and grazing, can be met in intensified production systems. Will further optimization of grassland management enhance profitability and reduce environmental pressure of farming systems? The symposium focuses on high output at farm level (milk production per ha). Furthermore, it focuses on Europe and the European societal needs, such as those defined by the European Commission. Written and oral contributions should clearly identify the problems of a particular dairy farming system and discuss the problem and possible solutions in the context of the system. Preferably, two or more different components of the farming system will be discussed in the contributions, e.g. soil, manure, plant, animal. The contributions can be submitted to one of three sub-themes.
Please have a look at the website of the European Grassland Federation for the most updated information.