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Dairy-4-Future

Are you a progressive dairy farmer?

From Scotland to the Azores, Dairy-4-Future aims to increase the competitiveness, sustainability and resilience of dairy farms through the development of innovative and efficient dairy systems. This is an EU funded project with a consortium of eleven partners from the Atlantic region of Western Europe. The dairy sector in the Atlantic Area is of major economic importance accounting for 20% of European milk production with approximately 80,000 farms, 100,000 farmers, and 70,000 other people employed in dairy related jobs. Dairy-4-Future aims to create a network of innovative dairy farms for countries in the Atlantic coast area including: Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and the Azores.

Ten south-west dairy farmers have the unique opportunity to become involved in this new and exciting project looking at how to improve the long term future of dairying in Western Europe.

Are you one of them?

  • Is dairy your main enterprise and are you amongst the top economic performers?
  • Does your farm have good technical and environmental performance?
  • Are you a motivated farmer keen to travel to visit other farms in the UK and Europe?
  • Are you innovative, progressive and keen on research and development?
  • Are you committed to improving natural resource efficiency on your farm?
  • Do you have good record keeping and prepared to anonymously share your data?

The involvement of 10 pilot dairy farms from each region is critical to the success of the project. An initial budget of €2,000 per farm has been allocated for travel for each pilot farmer over the lifetime of the project. This will allow visits to other farms in the network.

The project will run for four years from 2018 until the end of 2021.

The outcomes will include the sharing of knowledge of innovative and efficient dairy systems that have a greater sustainability and resistance to any future increase in volatility in milk prices and climatic hazards while preserving natural resources and mitigating climate and better added value. Recommendations for good practices with fact-sheets ready for uptake by farmers, industries, advisors and public authorities.

If you are interested in being a part of this exciting project please contact Stephen Roderick to discuss further s.roderick@cornwall.ac.uk  Tel: 01209 722148