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J.P. Cativiela: Climate-Smart Dairy Webinar


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As part of an ongoing collaboration on Climate-Smart Agriculture between UC Davis, Wageningen University, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Air Resources Board, this webinar focused on the challenges and opportunities for dairy farming as it relates to a changing climate.

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J.P. Cativiela: Climate-Smart Dairy Webinar

  1. 1. Challenges for dairy farms in climate smart agriculture Klaas Jan van Calker
  2. 2. GHG AND DAIRY: HOW TO INFLUENCE BEHAVIOUR • Milk production and feed production has the biggest contribution in the dairy value chain • Main GHG emissions are the result of cows burping methane: fact of life • Farmers, however, can influence the CFT on their farm but that needs change of behaviour Adapted from Woerkum et al. And Jansen et al.
  3. 3. Cost pricing of environmental impact • The financial incentives can come from internalisation of the environmental impact. Reduction of the emission of CO2 has value. You can either invest this in compensation projects or you can tackle emissions ate the source by paying farmers for measurable (long term) improvements.
  4. 4. Integrated supply chain approach • Monitoring • Technology mitigation measures – Manure separation – Manure anaerobic digestion – (partly) replacement of commercial fertiliser – Feed additives – Fossil free agriculture • Farm management mitigation measures – Increased longevity – Improved fertility – Improved nutrient management – Improved soil fertility (including C sequestration) – Improved grazing and feeding practices – Improved legumes production • Rewards