Modelling organic dairy production systems

Susanne Padel, Sue M. Fowler, Nic H. Lampkin, Richard F. Weller, C. F. E. Topp, Alan Hopkins (Editor), Phillipa Karen Nicholas

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In this study, a large number of organic dairy production strategies were compared in terms of physical and financial performance through the integrated use of computer simulation models and organic case study farm data. Production and financial data from three organic case study farms were used as a basis for the modelling process to ensure that the modelled systems were based on real sets of resources that might be available to a farmer. The case study farms were selected to represent a range of farming systems in terms of farm size, concentrate use and location. This paper describes the process used to model the farm systems: the integration of the three models used and the use of indicators to assess the modelled farm systems in terms of physical sustainability and financial performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationrganic farming: science and practice for profitable livestock and cropping. Occasional Symposium of the British Grassland Society
PublisherBritish Grassland Society
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventThe BGS/AAB/COR 2004 Conference - Newport, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Duration: 20 Apr 200422 Apr 2004


ConferenceThe BGS/AAB/COR 2004 Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Period20 Apr 200422 Apr 2004


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