Impact of breeding for improved resource efficiency for the entire production chain.
GreenhouseMilk is a Marie-Curie project paid, and holds a collaboration between The Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium and France. In total 6 PhD-student are working in this project and will examine (1) causes of variation in CHG emissions in dairy cows, (2) genomic tools to help select for reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and (3) integration of animal greenhouse gas emissions into farm systems models. By combining life cycle analyses (LCA) and breeding programmes, it is possible to determine the effect of a genetic improvement in an environmental phenotype in the whole production chain. This will give clear insight in the impact of breeding for improved resource efficiency for the entire production chain.