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Grazing

The aim of the Working Group “Grazing” is to exchange knowledge on all aspects of grazing research and to provide a forum for networking.

Grazing in a high-tech world

The EGF Working Group “Grazing” held its 5th Meeting in Trondheim, Norway on the 4th of September 2016. The theme of the Meeting was: “Grazing in a high-tech world”. Information was shared in presentations and in discussions in small groups. The results are summarised in the proceedings. The proceedings and the presentations can be found below.

For more information, contact Dr. Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar, chair of the Working Group “Grazing”, agnes.vandenpol(at)wur.nl

EGF Working Group “Grazing”, Trondheim, Norway, 4 September 2016

Proceedings “Grazing in a high-tech world” (Trondheim, Norway, 4 September 2016)

Session I: Introduction

  • Grazing in Europe 2016 (Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar)

Session II: Our high-tech world (chaired by Johannes Isselstein)

  • Technology use in grazing management in Ireland (Emer Kennedy)
  • Amazing Grazing; high-tech grazing in the Netherlands (Marcia Stienezen)
  • Decision tools and services for grassland nutrient management (Emer Walker)

Session III: High-tech methods (chaired by Alex de Vliegher)

  • Grazing on the North Wyke Farm Platform (Robert Orr)
  • Grazing cows - what are they doing when and where? (Bettina Tonn)
  • Experiences with the pH-sensors eCow and Smaxtec (Fredy Schori)
  • Dosing n-alkanes: new methods imposed by labour safety legislation (Ronald Zom)

Session IV: How to reach (young) farmers in a high-tech world? (chaired by Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar)

  • PISA case study: how an innovation in grazing management can modify all the production system at farm level (Paulo César de Faccio Carvalho)
  • Serious games and new technologies: innovative tools to interest students for grassland management? (Sébastien Couvreur)
  • Efficient knowledge transfer in dairy production in the Netherlands (Jeroen Nolles)

Grazing and automation

The EGF Working Group “Grazing” held its 4rd Meeting in Wageningen, the Netherlands on the 14th of June 2015. The theme of the Meeting was: “Grazing and automation”. Information was shared in presentations and in discussions in small groups. The results are summarised in the proceedings. The proceedings and the presentations can be found below.

For more information, contact Dr. Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar, chair of the Working Group “Grazing”, agnes.vandenpol(at)wur.nl

EGF Working Group “Grazing”, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 14 June 2015

Proceedings “Grazing and automation” (Wageningen, 14 June 2015): available here for download 

Session I: Introduction

  • Welcome and introduction, state of the art of grazing in Europe (Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar, the Netherlands)

Session II: Grazing and EIP-Agri Focus Group Permanent Grassland (chaired by Johannes Isselstein, Germany)

  • The European Innovation Partnership “Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability” or EIP-AGRI and the Service Point (Remco Schreuder, EIP-AGRI)
  • Report on mini-paper EIP-Focus Group Permanent grassland (Piotr Goliński, Poland)

Session III: Grazing and automatic milking (chaired by Alex de Vliegher, Belgium)

  • Autograssmilk (Frank Oudshoorn, Denmark)
  • High yielding herds, automatic milking and grazing - is it possible to combine? (Eva Spörndly, Sweden)
  • Grazing management in an automatic milking system (John Shortall, Ireland)
  • Video: Transfer of the automated milking system at the experimental farm of Liège University (Isabelle Dufrasne, Belgium) >> VIDEO 
  • Monitor farm benchmarking for integrating an AMS and grazing in a spring calving herd in Ireland (Cathriona Foley, Ireland)
  • Autograssmilk ‘Individual Farm Development Plan’ (Henri Kohnen, Luxembourg)

Session IV: Grazing and automation (chaired by Deirdre Hennessy, Ireland)

  • What sensors can do for grazing (Gertjan Holshof, The Netherlands)
  • Potential benefits of sensors like RumiWatch to record grazing behaviour (Fredy Schori, Switzerland)
  • How can automation contribute to better dung pat disappearance in pastures? (Nick van Eekeren, The Netherlands)
  • Development of Grasshopper for automated grass measurement (Diarmuid McSweeney, Ireland)
  • Cow behaviour as a driver for automation (Bert Philipsen, The Netherlands)
  • Self-supporting grazing farm (Paul Galama, The Netherlands)

Session V: Closure of the meeting (Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar)

The future of Grazing


The EGF Working Group “Grazing” held their 3rdMeeting in Aberystwyth on the 7th of September 2014. The theme of the Meeting was: “The future of Grazing”. Information was shared in presentations and in discussions in small groups. The results are summarised in the proceedings. The proceedings and the presentations can be found below.

For more information, contact Dr. Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar, chair of the Working Group “Grazing”, agnes.vandenpol(at)wur.nl 

EGF Working Group "Grazing", Aberystwyth, UK, 7 September 2014

Proceedings "The future of Grazing": available here for download

Presentations of the Workshop: available below

Session I: Welcome session

  • The future of grazing – introduction (Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar, The Netherlands)

Session II: Several forward looking views on the future of grazing in Europe
(chaired by Alex de Vliegher, Belgium)

  • Grazing in France and its future (Jean Louis Peyraud, France)
  • Future trends in grazing with Hungarian extensive beef farming (Andras Halasz, Hungary)
  • Status and future of grazing in Germany (Johannes Isselstein, Germany)
  • Management and benefits of grazing large herds (Emer Kennedy, Ireland)
  • Future of grazing in the Netherlands and in Europe (Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar, The Netherlands)

Session III: Developments in forage production
(chaired by Jean-Louis Peyraud, France)

  • Does early spring grazing stimulate grass production? (Nick van Eekeren, The Netherlands
  • The impact of automation (sensors, grazing time, mobile milking) (Valérie Brocard, France
  • Grazing of Festuca arundinacea (Martin Elsaesser, Germany
  • Cutting vs. grazing in autumn (Alex de Vliegher, Belgium) >> VIDEO
  • 10 years management of on farm dairy pasture projects: review of methodology and results (Henri Kohnen, Luxembourg
  • The Dairyman Sustainability Index (DSI) as a possibility for a complete data validation (Martin Elsaesser, Germany

Session IV: Current and future economics of grazing
(chaired by Johannes Isselstein, Germany)

  • Profitable grazing (Bert Philipsen, The Netherlands
  • Economical evaluation of feeding costs in pilot farms at grazing (Françoise Lessire, Belgium
  • Stimulation of grazing in Europe (Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar, The Netherlands)  

Session V: Closure

  • The future of grazing – closure (Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar, The Netherlands)

Innovations in Grazing


The second meeting of the Working Group was held in Lublin, Poland on 3 June 2012.

The theme of the meeting in Lublin was “Innovations in Grazing”. There were five sessions:

  • Introduction
  • Technical support
  • Decision support tools for farmers
  • Novelties in grazing management
  • Innovative approaches in knowledge transfer

Proceedings

Innovations in Grazing. Proceedings 2nd meeting EGF Working Group Grazing. A. van den Pol-van Dasselaar, A. de Vliegher, D. Hennessy, J.L. Peyraud, 2012

Presentations

  • Innovations in grazing. Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar.
  • Concept of a mobile AMS and first results at grazing. Isabelle Dufrasne. 
  • Challenging land fragmentation - Thanks to a mobile robot… Valérie Brocard. 
  • Estimating pastoral grass intake by use of accelerometers. Frank Oudshoorn. 
  • Guidelines and tools to get the most from grazing in Ireland. Deirdre Hennessy. 
  • Decision Support Tools for grazing. Bert Philipsen. 
  • Extensive grazing of Polish heath sheep on pastures estabished on fallow lands in North-West Poland. Eva Strzelec. 
  • Grazing in Poland. Piotr Goliński.
  • Winter Grazing and Out Wintering Pads for beef cattle. Jean-Pierre Farrié.
  • Grazing systems in Spain. M.Rosa Mosquera-Losada. 
  • Comparison of Dairy Farming Systems: A Case Study of Indoor Feeding versus Pasture-based Feeding. Pius Hofstetter. 
  • Designs of pasture based farm systems. Paul Galama. 
  • Innovative and sustainable systems combining automatic milking and precision grazing. Bernadette O’Brien. 

Contact


For further information please contact the Chair of the Working Group


Head of the EGF Working Group Grazing

Dr. ir. Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar
Grass and Forage Systems / Animal Nutrition
Wageningen UR Livestock Research
P.O. Box 338
NL-6700 AH Wageningen
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 317 480735
Email: agnes.vandenpol(at)wur.nl
Internet: www.livestockresearch.wur.nl/UK

Research methodology of grazing


The first meeting of the EGF Working Group Grazing was held on 29 August 2010, prior to the 23rd General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation in Kiel. The theme of the meeting was "Research methodology of grazing". There were three sessions:

  • Setting the scene
  • Modelling of grazing
  • Field measurements


Proceedings

Research methodology of grazing. Proceedings EGF Working Group Grazing. A. van den Pol-van Dasselaar, A. de Vliegher, D. Hennessy, J.L. Peyraud, J.B. Pinxterhuis, 2010.


Presentations

  • Grazing in Europe 2010. A. van den Pol-van Dasselaar.
  • Spatial localisation of grassland and grazers in Europe. A. de Vliegher and B. van Gils.
  • Development and use of the Moorepark Dairy Systems Model. L. Shalloo and D. Hennessy.
  • Modelling herbage intake for predicting performance: the example of INRAtion software. R. Delagarde, P. Faverdin, C. Baratte and J.L. Peyraud.
  • DairyWise, a whole farm model. G. Holshof.
  • Evaluating grass growth models to predict grass growth in Ireland. D. Hennessy, C. Hurtado-Uria, L. Shalloo, R. Schulte, L. Delaby and D. O'Connor.
  • Phenotypic plasticity, multiple species, spatial heterogeneity and grazing: plenty of challenges. N. Hutchings.
  • N-alkanes: A technique to measure herbage intake in dairy cows. M. McEvoy.
  • Grazing measurements in Swiss low- and highlands. E. Mosimann and M. Meisser.
  • Luxembourg FILL Pasture project 2003-2009. H. Kohnen.
  • Experimental design at grazing: Paddock replicates do not remove cow behaviour synchronization. R. Delagarde.
  • Report Business Meeting 2 September 2010. A. van den Pol-van Dasselaar.