With a global increase in prosperity, the demand for milk and meat is expected double between now and 2050. More milk cows will mean more animal feed, more manure and an increase in the emissions of greenhouse gasses. Scientists at Wageningen UR are working on methods to limit the impact of global growth on the environment, for example by breeding cows that live longer and remain productive over a longer period of time.
Extending the life and productivity of cows will mean a reduction in the number of cows needed for milk production, thus achieving environmental gain that does not adversely affect the income of dairy farmers. ‘Responsible growth ‘ is the theme of the opening of the academic year at Wageningen UR. The opening of the academic year will take place on September 2nd.