9 June 2016
Livestock in low-input systems conference

SOPA and OF&G event in Cumbria

28 June 2016
Agricology Open Day at Daylesford

a farm tour and gathering of partners and experts



20 May 2016
Organic farmers urge Commission to ban patents on seeds

Dutch Ministry of Agriculture hosts symposium on plant breeders' rights

13 May 2016
Winner of the Soil farmer of the Year announced

Clive Bailye wins, organic grower Iain Tolhurst awarded second prize



13 April 2016
Organic farm incomes up in 2015

Organic farm profits increasing with organic dairy farming outperforming conventional


Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying

Acronym:

SOLID

Project code:

266367

Contract period:

1 April 2011 to 31 March 2016

Project webpage:

http://www.solidairy.eu/

Main funder:

EC FP 7

Contact staff at ORC:

Dr. Konstantinos Zaralis

Other staff involved:

Susanne Padel

Project aims

  1. Actively involve farming stakeholders in a programme of on-farm research which addresses their needs
  2. Improve animal health and welfare, productivity and product quality in low input and organic systems
  3. Improve the supply of forage in low input and organic systems
  4. Build knowledge of environmental sustainability of European organic and low input dairy supply chains
  5. Understand the expectations of members of the supply chain, and consumers, in relation to low input and organic dairy systems
  6. Evaluate the competitiveness of existing dairy farms and the effects of introducing novel strategies
  7. Organise national workshops and conferences to disseminate the project outputs

ORC's role

  • Co-ordinator of Work Package 1 – Innovation through stakeholder involvement and participatory research, in close collaboration with OMSCO and Calon Wen
  • Running participatory on-farm research in UK
  • Agro-forestry research
  • Contributions to socio-economic work package

Current progress highlights

Future sustainability of organic and low-input milk production: Challenges and solutions. Conference proceedings from Bristol, January 2016

A Rapid Assessment Tool for sustainability of dairy farms designed by ORC has been adapted for use in other countries and is being used to assess ten farms in each country. The report can be found here and a summary of the UK results is here

Project leader and partners

  1. ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY United Kingdom
  2. AARHUS UNIVERSITET Denmark
  3. PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD T/A THE ORGANIC RESEARCH CENTRE (ORC) United Kingdom
  4. UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN (BOKU) Austria
  5. UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE Italy
  6. UNIVERSITEIT GENT Belgium
  7. AGRIFOOD AND BIOSCIENCES INSTITUTE (AFBI) United Kingdom
  8. MAA JA ELINTARVIKETALOUDEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS (MTT ) Finland
  9. ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS Greece
  10. JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION Belgium
  11. EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK (EV-ILVO) Belgium
  12. AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS (CSIC) Spain
  13. INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRUBIOLOGIE SI NUTRITIE ANIMALA (INCDBNA) Romania
  14. AGRESEARCH LIMITED S New Zealand
  15. SERVICE ICAR SRL Italy
  16. Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative Ltd (OMSCO) United Kingdom
  17. INSTITUTE OF ORGANIC TRAINING AND ADVICE LTD (IOTA) United Kingdom
  18. LEIBNIZ-ZENTRUM FUER AGRARLANDSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG (ZALF) Germany
  19. Calon Wen Organic Milk Co-operative Ltd United Kingdom
  20. ISTITUTO PER LA CERTIFICAZIONE ETICA ED AMBIENTALE Italy
  21. AGRICULTURAL DAIRY COOPERATIVE OF ANOGIA PROODOS Greece
  22. Juvan Luomu OY Finland
  23. Wim Govaerts & Co Belgium
  24. FEDERACION ANDALUZA DE ASOCIACIONES DE GANADO CAPRINO DE RAZA PURA, CABRANDALUCIA Spain
  25. Thise Mejeri amba Denmark
  26. SC AGRO SOLOMONESCU SRL Romania

Deliverables

The SOLID Farmer Handbook is a series of technical notes, produced by ORC, presenting a selection of results and recommendations of the work undertaken in SOLID. The technical notes cover three thematic areas which we believe are particularly important for organic and low-input farming: feeding of ruminants with forage-based diets and home-grown feeds; animal management for health and welfare; and wider issues of the environment and economics. Download the Farmers Handbook or individual technical notes from http://farmadvice.solidairy.eu/farmers-leaflets/

Publications

Padel, Susanne; Vaarst, Mette and Zaralis, Konstantinos (2015) Supporting Innovation in Organic Agriculture: A European Perspective Using Experience from the SOLID Project. Sustainable Agriculture Research, 4 (3), pp. 32-41.

Leach, Katharine (2012) Assessing the sustainability of EU organic and low input dairy farms. Organic Research Centre Bulletin, 2012, 111 (Winter), pp. 9-10.

Leach, Katharine; Gerrard, Catherine L and Padel, Susanne (Eds.) (2013) Rapid sustainability assessment of organic and low-input farming across Europe and identification of research needs. Deliverable 1.1, no. EU- SOLID project. ORC, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury.

Rinne, Marketta; Dragomir, Catalin; Kuoppala, Kaisa; Marley, Christina; Smith, Jo and Yanez Ruiz, David (2012) Novel and underutilized feed resources – potential for use in organic and low input dairy production. In: Rahmann, Gerold and Godinho, D (Eds.) Agriculture and Forestry Research (362), pp. 404-407.

Leach, Katharine; Gerrard, Catherine L; Kudahl, Anne Braad; Nykänen, Arja; Vaarst, Mette; Weissensteiner, Roswitha and Padel, Susanne (2012) Assessing the sustainability of EU dairy farms with different management systems and husbandry practices. In: Rahmann, Gerold and Godinho, D (Eds.) Agriculture and Forestry Research (362), pp. 277-281.

Smith, Jo; Leach, Katharine; Rinne, Marketta and Kuoppala, Kaisa (2012) Integrating willow-based bioenergy and organic dairy production – the role of tree fodder for feed supplementation. In: Rahmann, Gerold and Godinho, D (Eds.) Agriculture and Forestry Research (362), pp. 394-397.

Other output

Previous relevant work

Public Goods tool project

Other web links

Project co-ordinator - IBERS –Aberystwyth
UK stakeholder partner - OMSCO
UK stakeholder partner - Calon Wen