Kompetenzzentrum Okolandbau Niedersachsen

Visselhövede, Germany

Kompetenzzentrum Okolandbau Niedersachsen

Visselhövede, Germany
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Volling O.,Kompetenzzentrum Okolandbau Niedersachsen | Poddey E.,Johann Heinrich Von Thunen Institute | Kromker V.,Fachbereich Bioverfahrenstechnik
Tierarztliche Praxis Ausgabe G: Grosstiere - Nutztiere | Year: 2010

Objective: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of animal health on the economical success in organic dairy farms. Material and methods: Between August 2002 and September 2003, 25 corresponding dairy farms in Lower Saxony were visited regularly and data regarding economy and animal health were gathered. Results: lhe economic benefit is closely associated with the animals' individual yields. Higher profit contributions were related to a higher percentage of cows with somatic cell count of less than 100000 cells per milliliter milk. On the other hand, a higher rate of documented clinical mastitis cases and a higher frequency of hypocalcaemic paresis cases could be detected. Basically, a relation between animal health and profit in organic dairy farms was observed. However, the present survey also showed that increased milk yields may lead not only to profit optimization but also a higher incidence of diseases. Conclusion: An excellent animal health status is not absolutely combined with high economic benefits of organic dairy farms. For the simultaneous implementation of both objectives an appreciation of animal health, independent from the individual cow milk yield, is necessary. Clinical relevance: The results show that in organic farms with a high milk yield level an increased incidence of diseases can occur. © Schattauer 2010.


von Bettina F.,Georg Groning Strasse 70A | Prolingheuer U.,Kompetenzzentrum Okolandbau Niedersachsen | Meyerhoff E.,Kompetenzzentrum Okolandbau Niedersachsen
Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung | Year: 2012

The second part of the paper describes the benefits of organic management for grassland and landscape scenery. Due to its potential for improvement of farmland habitats conversion to organic farming is worth to be considered as production-integrated compensation for interferences into nature, especially in intensively farmed landscapes. Co-operation between nature conservation authorities, organic farmers and land procurement agencies have proven successful. Legal requirements are discussed.


Frieben V.B.,Georg Groning Str. 70A | Prolingheuer U.,Kompetenzzentrum Okolandbau Niedersachsen | Wildung M.,Kompetenzzentrum Okolandbau Niedersachsen | Meyerhoff E.,Kompetenzzentrum Okolandbau Niedersachsen
Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung | Year: 2012

The paper is divided into two parts and deals with experiences related to production-integrated compensation and its implementation in the context of organic farming. The first part focusses on the improvements of the ecosystem in converted fields by avoiding pesticides, reducing the levels of nitrogen, potassium and phosphor, by improving carbon sequestration and retention capacity, and by increasing biodiversity on the fields and their surrounding.

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