Acronym : SOLID
Code : 266367
Contract Period : 01/04/2011 - 31/03/2016
Project Webpage : http://www.solidairy.eu/
Main Funder : EC FP 7
ORC Staff Contact : Konstantinos Zaralis
Improving the technical performance and economic competitiveness of organic and low input dairy systems in Europe while maximising their potential to deliver environmental goods and enhance biodiversity. Includes a large component of farmer participation.
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
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/
Zaralis K, Padel S (2019). Effects of High Stocking Grazing Density of Diverse Swards on Forage Production, Animal Performance and Soil Organic Matter: A Case Study. In: Theodoridis A, Ragkos A, Salampasis M (eds) Innovative Approaches and Applications for Sustainable Rural Development. HAICTA 2017. Cham: Springer International Publishing. pp 131-146.
Knudsen MT, Dorca-Preda T, Djomo SN, Peña N, Padel S, Smith LG, Zollitsch W, Hörtenhuber S, Hermansen JE (2019) The importance of including soil carbon changes, ecotoxicity and biodiversity impacts in environmental life cycle assessments of organic and conventional milk in Western Europe. Journal of Cleaner Production 215: 433-443
Naspetti S, Mandolesi S, Buysse J, Latvala T, Nicholas P, Padel S, Van Loo E, Zanoli R (2017) Determinants of the Acceptance of Sustainable Production Strategies among Dairy Farmers: Development and Testing of a Modified Technology Acceptance Model. Sustainability, 9 (10), 1805.
Scollan N, Padel S, Halsberg N, Hermansen J, Nicholas P, Rinne M, Zanoli R, Zollitsch W, Lauwers L (2017), Organic and Low-Input Dairy Farming: Avenues to Enhance Sustainability and Competitiveness in the EU. EuroChoices. doi:10.1111/1746-692X.12162
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.