Milk quota abolition

The end of milk quota: an opportunity to increase nutrient use efficiency and make climate benefit

On April 1st the milk quota will be abolished. This may lead to greater numbers of cattle per farm and an increased production of manure and greenhouse gas emissions. Dairy farmers who would like to increase their milk production must find solutions to process an increased manure production. Such solutions could include an increased efficiency of nutrient use by using feed additives that increase milk production and reduce the emission of methane. Other examples are methane tractors powered by upgraded biogas produced from manure (Biogas-ETC project), or the improved recycling of nutrients on agricultural farms by using manure separators.Many more solutions are available on the market, yet often unknown to farmers or food industries supporting a nutrient-efficient and climate-friendly milk production. Many solutions can be supported by the financial and policy instruments in the new Common Agricultural Policy.

CSA Booster is a new broker organization aiming to connect agricultural cooperatives and food industries to providers of technologies for these solutions.

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