B1 – Efficiency gain through breeding and herd management

Description:

Higher efficiency through breeding and adapted herd management

Impact
CO2
N2O
CH4
Energy
Resources

What it does:

Breeding measures and breed selection can minimize GHG emissions per kilogram of meat/milk

How to get it done
What is to be done
Analyze GHG savings opportunities through breeding measures at the farm level
Impact
High
Potential to be realised and possible conflict of interest
Long-term and demanding. Potential conflict of interest with animal health and performance
Roadmap and time horizon
5-10 years
Cost
0-100 working days per year
Investment
In case of changing breed there might be an initial invest into a new breed. Also barn optimization might lead to investments
Financing
Own ressources, bank loan, agricultural investment funds, national schemes
How to measure, assess impact and whom to talk to
Impact
Reduction of all emissions in relation to yield realized
What to measure
Gray energy, fuel, land use and GHG-emissions per living day and animal weight used to produce milk/meat
How to measure
Animal days on farm to produce milk/meat, allocation of gray energy, fuel and land use to animal production
Solution providers
Lely Herd management (www.lely.com), GEA DairyPlan (www.gea.com), DeLaval DelPro (www.delaval.com), Herdenmanagement (Nextfarming.de), Swissgenetics SmartCow (https://swissgenetics.ch/onlineservice/smartcow) and many more
Farmer acceptance
High (64% of farmers in AgroCO2ncept have implement measures by 2020) with some questions on how this is different to normal good practices
References
AgroCO2ncept (www.agroco2ncept.ch)