Propagating innovations for more resilient dairy farming in the Atlantic Area.
Funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area Program, the Dairy-4-Future project aims to increase the competitiveness, sustainability and resilience of dairy farms in the Atlantic Area.
The main project objective is to identify, evaluate and then widely propagate innovative practices to European dairy technicians and breeders, through transnational seminars or farm open days and technical tools, such as publications, videos and training tools.
The project puts innovative farmers at the centre of practice-based research work, using several methods (SWOT analysis, research activities, economic simulations) to adapt and develop scientific knowledge, which will lead to technical solutions and recommendations to be shared across the network.
Focusing on four key issues
- Analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the dairy sector in the Atlantic Area
- Fostering dairy sector economic resilience
- Improving resource use efficiency
- Determining sustainable dairy systems for the future
Who is involved?
The Dairy-4-Future project involves 5 countries (Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Portugal) and covers 12 Atlantic Area regions, running from Scotland in the north to the Azores in the south.
Together, these areas represent 20% of EU-28 milk production and 100,000 farmers working in a wide diversity of milk production systems.
With 11 technical partners and 21 associated partners, Dairy-4-Future relies on a strengthened scientific and technical network, completed by 10 experimental farms and 100 pilot farms and farmers.