Externally funded project

Improving animal health and welfare in organic cattle milk production through breeding and management (OrganicDairyHealth)

Project Details
Project duration: 01/201503/2018


The overall aim of the project is to develop and evaluate strategies for the improvement of udder and metabolic health in organic cattle milk production through breeding and management. Commercial and local breed health characteristics and information on production environments are used to enhances ustainability of breeding strategies for organic dairy production in Europe, including genomic selection and crossbreeding of local/native and commercial breeds. Risk factors for stress and udder infections and alternatives to antibiotic treatment are identified as well as other risk factors formastitis and metabolic diseases in pasture based organic dairy farms. This will contribute to efficient preventive management and handling strategies and thereby to improved udder and metabolic healthand reduced use of medication in organic dairy herds without negative effects on animal welfare.

in corporation with: Winckler, C. und Fürst-Waltl, B. Universität für Bodenkultur, Wien,  Wallenbeck, A. Dept. of Animal Environment and Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Schweden,  Spengler, A. and Bieber, A. Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau,  Kargo, M. University of Aarhus,  Walczak, J. National Research Institute of Animal Production, Poland,  Ribikauskas, V. Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.

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