Grassland Compass

What is it about
In Dutch dairy farming, there are large differences in the production and utilization of grass between dairy farms. The expectation is that in the future it will become increasingly important to make optimum use of the grass potential: the reason for this is the importance of a low cost price, the desire of the government, consumers and the business community for more regionally produced food (ingredients) and a changing climate. Since 2015, the Grassland Compass project has been trying to develop a grass tool that can help farmers to respond to these trends.

What does the project do about it?
The objective of this project is to develop a tool for the dairy farmer and his adviser that gives them insight into the areas for improvement in terms of grassland production and grass utilization on the farm. They can then come to practical actions. This tool increases the awareness that grass production and utilization can be optimized and encourages dairy farmers to take concrete actions to improve grassland management.

What does the project deliver?
A digital tool that, based on self-entered, company-specific key figures, provides insight into how the company scores on 6 distinct directions of grassland production and utilization: grass cover, grazing, feed extraction, conservation, soil, fertilization. These scores then show in which areas improvement actions are needed. A prototype was delivered at the end of 2018, which will be further developed into a practical tool.

Projectpartners:
Agrifirm, De Heus, ForFarmers, ABZ Diervoeders, DLF, DMS, CONO, melkveehouders, Aeres Hogeschool Dronten, Van Hall Larenstein

Scientific poster Download(pdf - 1.2MB)