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Title Carbon footprint and lifetime daily yield of Swiss dairy cows
Title Original Klimabilanz Nutzungsdauer / Lebensleistung / Zweinutzungsrassen Milchvieh
FiBL project number 35143

A data set from Swiss breeding associations containing the performance data of approximately 50% of the Swiss dairy cow population was used to analyse composition and structure of the Swiss organic and conventional dairy herd. Furthermore, the lifetime daily yield and the carbon footprint of milk and meat was calculated for each herd. The correlation analysis between lifetime daily yield and carbon footprint revealed that the lifetime daily yield is a good indicator for climate-friendly milk production. As the number of lactations has a strong influence on the lifetime daily yield of a cow, the carbon footprint in organic milk production could be considerably improved by healthy and long-living cows.

Project status completed
Start of project 15.08.2018
End of project 31.01.2019
Financing/ Donor
  • Bio Suisse
FiBL project leader/ contact
  • Meier Matthias (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
FiBL project staff
Research area
Date modified 20.05.2019
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