Adapting intensive grazing and robotic milking in organic milk production – an economic analysis

Luc Belzile, researcher

Luc Belzile

Researcher

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Description

The goal of this project was to encourage cows to move from the pasture to the milking parlor by installing rubber mat paths, with the added benefit of significantly reducing injuries to the cows’ feet and legs.

This project was initiated by Agrinova, and IRDA was in charge of the economic analysis.

Objective(s)

  • Conduct a partial cost analysis on installing paths to encourage cows to move out to grazing areas and on using robotic milking systems in organic milk production

2017

Project duration

Livestock production

Activity areas

Animal welfare

Service

This partnership project contributes to the well-being and productivity of dairy cows.

Partners

Agrinova | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec - Innov’Action Programme

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