dairy cattle phosphate News

  • Reduced phosphate excretion by dairy cattle by cutting at a later stage

    The phosphorus content in grass is lower if the grass is cut at a later stage. This also means that the phosphate excretion of a dairy herd is reduced and farms that use BEX benefit from cutting later. But the energy and protein content of the grass is also less. In order to keep milk production at the same level, approx. 250 kg more concentrates are required per cow. Cutting at a later stage ...

  • How to improve phosphorus efficiency in dairy cattle

    The outline of the new legislation on “phosphate rights” for the Dutch dairy sector has just been finalized recently: the phosphate production of the Dutch dairy sector should be decreased by 4-8%, both by decreasing the number of animals as well as increasing phosphorus efficiency on a farm level. In the past years, phosphorus metabolism in dairy cattle already received renewed ...

  • Utilisation of nitrogen and phosphate on dairy farms could be increased

    Nitrogen and phosphate are important fertilisers. But excessive amounts often found in fields and pastures end up polluting the ground and surface water. Furthermore, dairy farmers are squandering their profits by wasting these expensive fertilisers. The Koeien & Kansen [Cattle and Opportunities] project set up by two PhD candidates from Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, shows how ...

  • Environmental impacts of dairy farming in the Czech Republic

    New research suggests that dairy farming may have an important impact on the environment and human health. Although differences in the impact of farming practices across countries have been known for some time, this is the first study to explore the impact of the dairy industry in different regions in the Czech Republic. Dairy farming in the Czech Republic is commonly large-scale with 500 or more ...

  • A new tool to assess nitrogen and phosphorus flow in agriculture

    MITERRA-EUROPE is a new tool that models the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus, among other key pollutants, used in agriculture across all 27 Member States at regional, country and EU-27 levels. It can be used to calculate the effects of different strategies to minimise excess pollution.  Many regions in the EU-27 use more nitrogen and phosphorus in agriculture than is required. The main sources ...

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