Partners

TEAGASC – AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (IRL)
Tegasc is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. Its mission is to sup-port science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bioeconomy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability.

IGA – Irish Grassland Association (IRL)
The Irish Grassland Association (IGA) is one of Irish Agriculture’s great national resources. Since its foundation in 1946 the IGA has played a unique and central role in the develop-ment of profitable systems of milk, beef and lamb production from Ireland’s abundant grasslands. The essential component of this objective is the stimulation and development of new ideas, research and new farm practices with associated financial analyses.

WLR – Wageningen UR Livestock Research (NL)
’To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’
That is the mission of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). A staff of 6,500 and 10,000 students from over 100 countries work everywhere around the world in the domain of healthy food and living environment for governments and the business community-at-large.
The strength of Wageningen UR lies in its ability to join the forces of specialised research institutes and Wageningen University. It also lies in the combined efforts of the various fields of natural and social sciences. This union of expertise leads to scientific break-throughs that can quickly be put into practice and be incorporated into education. This is the Wageningen Approach.
The scientific quality of Wageningen UR is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes.

THE DOMAIN OF WAGENINGEN UR CONSISTS OF THREE RELATED CORE AREAS:

  • Food and food production
  • Living environment
  • Health, lifestyle and livelihood

LTO – Noord, Land- en Tuinbouw Organisatie Noord (NL)
Representing almost 50,000 agricultural entrepreneurs, the cooperative arrangement of LTO Noord, ZLTO and LLTB – the three regional agricultural organisations in The Netherlands – works in support of their economic and social position. And successfully so: it is because of their vast contribution to the national economy, employment, landscape and environment that farmers and horticulturalists deliver unmistakable great value to Dutch agriculture and horticulture.
Dutch agriculture and horticulture show enormous diversity, with agricultural entrepreneurs distributed over various animal and crop sectors like arable or dairy farming, bulbgrowing, glasshouse horticulture, tree cultivation and pig farming. The majority of these farmers and horticulturalists are organized in and represented via LTO Noord, ZLTO and LLTB under the umbrella of LTO Nederland. Their membership underlines the added value of this en-trepreneurial and employers’ organisation which effectively promotes their interests at local, regional, national and international levels.

AU – Aarhus University, Faculty of Science and Technology (DK)
Engineering at Aarhus University is anchored in two organisational units: the Department of Engineering (ENG) and the Aarhus University School of Engineering (ASE).
The department was established in 2011 and is responsible for all research and develop-ment activities and talent development in the technical science field.
On 1 January 2012, Aarhus School of Engineering merged with Aarhus University and now brings together eight B.Eng programmes, three technical BSc programmes and eight MSc.Eng programmes. The programmes are practically oriented, and all three levels in-clude collaboration with the industry. The interplay between the department and the school ensures that our engineering graduates are well equipped to transform scientific knowledge and engineering know-how into valuable solutions for society.

Together, Department of Engineering and Aarhus University School of Engineering have established the Centre for Industrial Cooperation (CIC) to ensure optimal conditions for the exchange of knowledge, industrial cooperation and commercial exploitation of the research. The centre focuses on the needs of society and the market, and collaborates with a large number of national and international companies.

SEGES (DK)
SEGES is the main supplier of professional knowledge for the agricultural professions.

Farming is a profession where the development is moving very quickly and where acquisi-tion and implementation of new knowledge and new techniques constitute the difference between success and failure.

Our role is to process and convey the latest knowledge from research institution, compa-nies and educational institutions and others – to our clients.

Our clients are primarily the 31 advisory centres that we are closely connected to in the partnership Danish Agricultural Advisory Service, but also includes food businesses, authorities and agricultural colleges. In a few areas, we also have farmers and other agricul-turalists as our direct clients.

SEGES is the merger of the former Knowledge Centre for Agriculture and the Danish Pig Research Centre, established on 1 January 2015.

Institut de l`Elevage (F)
The French Livestock Institute is the French national technical reference and normative body in livestock farming systems. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization featuring management by livestock farmer’s federations and trade unions. Its activities encom-pass applied research, technical assistance and technology transfer in cattle, sheep, goats and horses husbandry sciences. The core of the activities resides in innovation development and technical support towards livestock professionals (farmers, breeders, industrial-ists) and their organizations. Hence, the French Livestock Institute: continuously monitors the economic and technical environment of livestock sector and value chains, generates relevant information and technical documentation for farmers, engineers and technicians, ensures training and technology transfer to livestock farmers, breeders and related industries.

CNIEL- Centre national interprofessionnel de l`économie laitière (F)
CNIEL provides a forum where dairy producers and dairy processors (dairy cooperatives and private dairy industry) can discuss matters of common interest. The main focus of CNIEL is: – to assist economic relations between producers and processors – to promote and coordinate joint research programmes to obtain a better understanding of milk from the cow to the consumer within the framework of ecologically sound practices and the safety of dairy products – to promote dairy products to consumers through promotional and informational campaigns and specifically to use scientific findings to promote their nutritional properties.

SLU- Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (S), Department of Animal Nutrition and Management
SLU’s knowledge is an important component in many things that people take for granted. Whether it is the food we eat, or the animals we either husband on our farms or love as pets, or the forests that we wander in – all are subjects of SLU’s attention.
SLU works with everything that grows, whether it is plants that provide us with food, give us income, or are just there to be beautiful.

The knowledge that we supply is essential to enable us to utilize our forests, our land-scapes, our soil and our animals in a sustainable way.
This sustainable use will allow us to develop, and will also guarantee a good quality of life for our children and grandchildren.

The Department of Animal Nutrition and Management comprises both teaching and re-search activities. Our work encompasses the main agricultural species (cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry) as well as reindeer, fish and animals kept for leisure and companionship, such as horses and dogs.
The department has been involved in a number of EU projects, among them “Implications of the introduction of AM on dairy farms”. The faculty is deeply engaged in research for animal health, welfare and production and has excellent facilities with a newly built research barn since 2011. The research herd is divided into two management systems. One unit consists of a conventional AM barn for 60 cows while the other unit is larger with 180 cows that are milked in an AM-carousel. In the research barn, milk production, concentrate and silage intake and cow traffic (including passages in and out to pasture) are continuously recorded on an individual cow level. Furthermore, there will be facilities for measuring me-thane production of the individual cow in the near future. The pasture areas in connection to the research barn are very large and situated directly outside the barn.

The Swedish Dairy Association (VÂXA – Sverige)  (S)
Växa Sverige takes over the Swedish Dairy Association’s livestock activities. This involves the Association’s departments for breeding, animal welfare, dairy entrepreneurial development, Husdjur and Nötkött (livestock magazines), products and data development.
These changes also mean that Växa Sverige will be responsible for the national assign-ment from the Swedish Board of Agriculture in regards to infectious disease control and breeding. Växa Sverige will also be responsible for the ongoing Nordic collaborations within NorFor and NAV. The work is done in partnership with Rådgivarna and Skånesemin.
It also means that Växa Sverige takes over the obligations in the AUTOGRASSMILK.

ULg – Universite de Liege (B)
The University of Liège may not have a long past, but it does have a long history and pro-found roots.  This may be its best possible guarantee of success as it resolutely turns to the future. The University of Liège has all the assets necessary to become a leading European and even world university: a pluralistic vocation; an openness to today’s political, social, technological and industrial realities and those of tomorrow; active involvement in international and European research programmes as well as those facilitating the mobility of  students and researchers; and a commitment to the development of student-centred learning.

The Nutrition Unit of the faculty of Veterinary Medecine is involed in the project. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is one of the 12 faculties of University of Liège. The animalproduction department is involved in teaching genetics, husbandry, ethology, animal behaviour and nutrition matters. The effects of pasture management or different diets on animal production,nitrogen losses in the environment, quality of meat and milk are studied. At the Experimental Farm of the faculty, a mobile AM system was installed in April 2010 and is used to study the feasibility of including milk pasture in the cows’ diet. Participation in that project aims to demonstrate to Belgian farmers that integration of grazing with an AM system is possible and that technological solutions can be found when pastures are distant from the milking system.

CDL- Comité du lait (B)
The Milk Committee (CDL) is an association created in 1964 and became a trade organization in its current form in 1994. It is responsible for determining the quality and composition of raw milk delivered by producers to buyers of all dairy farms in Wallonia.

The CDL was created at the initiative of the Minister of Agriculture Heger in re-sponse to a request from the industry to improve the quality of milk received by the indus-try. In 1964, there were nine committees milk in Belgium (one per province) to about 120,000 farms. With the diminishing number of producers, mergers were necessary and the Committee’s milk Battice merged with the provinces of Namur and Luxembourg in 1987 with Brabant in 1990 and Hainaut in 2000.

The CDL was subsidized by the Ministry of Agriculture until the early 80s but now, apart from a person detached from the province of Luxembourg, the association is completely self-funded inter. Its mission was expanded in 1994 to determine the composition of milk. It is at this time that the CDL adopted its current structure Interpro-fessional Organization.

Currently, the CDL monitors supplies about 5000 Walloon producers who produce about 1.1 billion liters.
In addition to the analysis of these samples (official business), the CDL has other services to help producers and / or buyers.

Aidan and Anne Power- Farmer (IRL)
This farm has 70 cows and one AM unit integrated into a grass-based, seasonal sytem of milk production. This farm comprises 38 ha in total, and has average milk yield of 6,500 kg/cow per lactation. Average calving date is 1st March. Cows are of Holstein Friesian breed. There are 30 ha associated with the milking cows, an area which is divided into 2 sections, which the cows graze alternatively. Cows normally graze to a post-grazing height of 4.5 cm. Approximately 750 kg concentrate sup-plementation per cow is fed during the lactation. Average milking frequency on this farm is 2.0 milkings/cow per day. This family farm unit has been in milk production for the past 29 years and is in it’s first lactation using the AM unit. The family unit (husband and wife team) are both employed full time on the farm with some additional help from off-spring at peak labour times. The average daily labour associated with milking is 6.0 h/day. This time is spent at examination of cow and milking data, checking and maintenance of the AM unit and grassland management. The farm also has some beef cattle, is in a ‘Disadvantaged’ area and has 3.5 ha of hardwood forest.

Thure Worm – Farmer (DK)
This farm has approximately 205 milking cows and 3 AM units and practices grazing. The farm has more than 200 ha available and has an annual production per cow of approxi-mately 9,400 kg. It is registered as an ‘Organic’ farm. The cows are of Danish Holstein breed. Average cow age is 4.8 years. The farmer has been in milk production at this site for the past 26 years and is in his second year using the AM system. He operates a rotational grazing system and usually grazes to a post-grazing sward height of 6 cm. Average concentrate supplementation is 4 kg/cow per day, but can increase to 7 kg/cow per day at specific times of year. Milking frequency is approximately 2.6 and 3.0 times/cow per day in summer and winter, respectively. Time associated with milking per day is approximately 3 h and includes time spent at checking, filter changing and servicing of the AM unit, response to alarms of the AM unit, quality control of the overall cow and milking operation. It is a family farm unit and the labour of 3 members is engaged full time on the farm. Some additional labour input of around 2 h per day is given by family off-spring (school students) at times of peak labour demand.Recent expansion of the milking herd has taken place from a herd size of 130 cows in 2002 to 205 at present.

CIRCA Group Europe Ltd (IRL)
CIRCA Group offers a range of support services for organisations wishing to submit pro-posals to the €50 billion EU Framework 7 Programme. CIRCA’s consultants have wide experience as FP Project Leaders, Project Managers, Proposal evaluators, National Dele-gates, National Contact points and team members, and several are currently managing major FP6 projects on behalf of clients. Weoffer the following services:

  • Assistance in writing FP7 proposals in most thematic areas
  • Partner-searching
  • Pre-Submission evaluation of complete proposals
  • Support for contact negotiations stage with the Commission
  • Management of FP7 projects

CIRCA offer a service to FP7 applicants whereby two experienced evaluators will review proposals and give their combined views on required changes and edits. This ‘two heads’ approach provides a more diverse and detailed assessment of proposals and has been appreciated by a range of clients. Failures of proposals are usually not due to the detail of the technical proposal, but to wider issues of proposal structure, management, resources and their allocation, partnering weaknesses, and uncertainty regarding potential impact. Experience of these issues and their solution is what CIRCA can offer.