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See detailStrategies of the Walloon dairy producersfaced to the uncertain dairy future
Dalcq, Anne-Catherine ULiege; Dogot, Thomas ULiege; Soyeurt, Hélène ULiege et al

Conference (2020, January 31)

This study observes the strategies, and their determinants, of the Walloon dairy producersfaced to the post quota perspective through the realisation of 245 surveys, conducted from November 2014 to ... [more ▼]

This study observes the strategies, and their determinants, of the Walloon dairy producersfaced to the post quota perspective through the realisation of 245 surveys, conducted from November 2014 to February 2015. It highlights how dairy production companies plan to evolve to cope with this great change in the sector and so how will move the production of our dairy products. Three kinds of strategical variables were defined and related to the evolution of milk production (MP) [the producerswho increase MP (HighMP) vs. keep constant MP (ConstantMP) vs. stop MP]; the valorisation of MP [alternative (ValMP)vs. classical] and the diversification of activities [with (DivMP) vs. without such activities]. The relationships between the chosen strategies and the quantitative technical variables were studied using generalised linear models. The independence between qualitative technical variables and the strategical variables was tested using Chi Square test. HighMP and ConstantMP producersrepresent 38.4% and 53.9% of respondents, respectively. HighMP producerswere significantly more declared as legal entity (p-value = 0.03), had more family members on the farm (p-value<0.01), larger agricultural area in property (p-value = 0.03) and higher MP quota(p-value = 0.01)compared to ConstantMP producers. Only 9.8% of respondents decide to valorise differently MP. ValMP producerstend to have more employees (p-value = 0.08) and an agricultural area less fragmented (p-value = 0.07)than classical producers. A total of 7.8% of respondents decide to develop other activities. DivMP producerstend to have more employees (p-value = 0.10), more agricultural area in property (p-value = 0.03) and a more recent year of installation (p-value < 0.01). Finally, 44.9% of ConstantMP producersdo not want to start an alternative valorisation of MP and diversify their activities. In conclusion, a relationship exists between, amongst others, the legal status, workforce available, characteristics of the agricultural area, the dairy production and the strategy chosen by the Walloon dairy producers. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationships between methane emissions and technico-economic data from commercial dairy herds
Delhez, Pauline ULiege; Wyzen, B.; Dalcq, Anne-Catherine ULiege et al

Conference (2017, August)

Considering economic and environmental issues is important for the sustainability of dairy farms. Regarding environment, direct methane (CH4) emissions from cows are of increasing concern. Many studies ... [more ▼]

Considering economic and environmental issues is important for the sustainability of dairy farms. Regarding environment, direct methane (CH4) emissions from cows are of increasing concern. Many studies examined CH4 variation factors but often on a low number of experimental cows. Also, few studies linked CH4 to economic aspects of dairy farms. The innovative aim of this study was to highlight technical factors associated with dairy cow CH4 emissions and gain insight into the relationships between CH4 and herd economic results by the use of large scale and on-farm data. A total of 525,697 individual CH4 predictions from milk mid-infrared (MIR) spectra [MIR-CH4 (g/day)] of milk samples collected on 206 farms during the Walloon milk recording were used to create a CH4 proxy at the herd by year (herd*year) level. This proxy was merged with accounting data. This allowed a simultaneous study of CH4 emissions and 56 technico-economic variables for 1,024 herd*year records from 2007 to 2014. Significant effects were detected from ANOVA analyses and correlations (r). MIR-CH4 was weakly linked to technical variables considered individually (r < 0.38), suggesting complex associations between variables. Lower MIR-CH4 was associated with lower fat and protein corrected milk (FPCM) yield (r=0.18), lower milk fat and protein content (r=0.38 and 0.33, respectively), lower quantity of milk produced from forages (r=0.12) and suboptimal reproduction and health performances (e.g. higher calving interval (r=-0.21), higher culling rate (r=-0.15)). On an economic point of view, lower MIR-CH4 was associated with lower gross margin per cow (r=0.19) and per litre FPCM (r=0.09). To conclude, this study suggested that low dairy cow CH4 emissions tended to be associated with suboptimal and also less profitable herd management practices. Further research is needed to confirm and expand on these results. [less ▲]

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See detailFremdarbeitskrafte in meinen Betrieb : eine Losung ? (Fiche de vulgarisation réalisée par le projet DuraLait plus)
Turlot, Amélie; Froidmont, E.; Bauraind, Catherine et al

Diverse speeche and writing (2014)

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See detailLa dimension "travail", un élément clé pour le maintien de nos systèmes laitiers
Turlot, Amélie; Froidmont, Eric; Bauraind, Catherine et al

in Centre wallon de Recherches agronomomiques (Ed.) 18ème Carrefour des Productions Animales "Nouvelles approches pour une optimisation de nos élevages laitiers" (2013)

Les agriculteurs sont les principaux architectes du milieu rural wallon. En effet, ils assurent la gestion de près de la moitié de la superficie de la Wallonie. On observe néanmoins, depuis quelques ... [more ▼]

Les agriculteurs sont les principaux architectes du milieu rural wallon. En effet, ils assurent la gestion de près de la moitié de la superficie de la Wallonie. On observe néanmoins, depuis quelques années, une régression lente (3%/an) et constante de leur effectif. Confrontés à un contexte changeant, de plus en plus concurrentiel, les agriculteurs sont face à des choix stratégiques difficiles en vue d’optimiser l’efficience de leur exploitation. Pour y parvenir, ils doivent mener une réflexion globale de leur mode de production et intégrer tous les aspects assurant la durabilité de leur exploitation. Pour les aider dans cette démarche, une analyse de la durabilité de 90 exploitations « 100% Lait » (>95% de vaches laitières et pas de culture de rente) a été réalisée dans le cadre de DuraLait et de DuraLait Plus. Ces études sont subsidiées par la DGARNE, Direction de la Qualité. Les piliers économique et social de la durabilité ont été plus particulièrement étudiés dans ces projets. L’organisation du travail a été spécifiquement traitée car elle constitue un enjeu essentiel pour l’avenir de l’agriculture. En effet, les agriculteurs souhaitent soulager la pénibilité de leur travail. Dans un contexte économique difficile, cette dimension est essentielle pour envisager le maintien de l’agriculture dans notre région. Le présent article s’intéresse uniquement aux données relatives à l’organisation du travail. [less ▲]

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