September 10 >> Online seminar for dairy farmers !!
Sep 03rd 2021

You are invited for an online (ZOOM) event on Friday 10th September 12.00-14.00 (Copenhagen time):

“Sustainable Intensification in Dairy Farming: A Pathway for Maximizing Output in Belarus’ Dairy Farms”

The aim of the seminar is to inspire dairy production professionals to engage further in building their knowhow to support the development of sustainable intensification in dairy farming. Topics covered in the seminar will be centered on the “Cow”, its “Feed”, and their “Stables”, representing key factors for sustainable intensification in dairy farming. The seminar will also feature methods on how to create CO2 calculations on farm as a means of creating a “unique selling point” to high end consumer markets through labelling for sustainability. Content is based on Danish examples and knowhow.

As the title indicates the event is originally targeted professionals from the Belarus dairy sector. The event is being financed by the European Union, EU-Belarus Private Sector Development Program, and is being implemented by the World Bank in partnership with Bygholm Agricultural College, Denmark.

The presentation (slides + speech) can be followed in either English or Russian. Participants must use the most resent version of the ZOOM 5.0 application, and can interact with the speaker via questions (chat function).

ORIGINAL INVITATION: 

You are invited to a Practicum Workshop on Sustainable Intensification in Dairy Farming: A Pathway for Maximizing Output in Belarus’ Dairy Farms

Delivered by Bygholm Agricultural College, Denmark

Workshop Content: This workshop will feature methods of ensuring sustainable dairy production through  “sustainable intensification”, a strategy that aims to maximize output while ensuring environmental protection. In so pursuing this approach, dairy farms can both meet the increasingly strict sustainability requirements of advanced grocery retailers, while ensuring production efficiencies on the farm. Topics covered in the seminar will be centered on the “Cow”, its “Feed”, and their “Stables”. Topics on the Cow will surround methods of enhancing life-longevity to ensure prolonged lactation returns. Discussions on Feed efficiency will cover concentrates, protein management, alternative feed mixes, and sustainable feed sourcing and management. Stable management will feature discussions on how to optimize ventilation and animal welfare to ensure life-longevity and productivity of the cow. The seminar will also feature methods on how to create CO2 calculations on farm as a means of creating a “unique selling point” to high end consumer markets through labelling for sustainability.
Target Audience: Dairy Farm Managers, Agricultural Students, Agricultural Professors

Date: 10 September 2021

Time: 13:00-15:00 PM Minsk

Forum: Zoom

RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GJY8JTJ

Register for this Event: HERE 

About the Speaker: Louise Karoline Højsgaard-Mikkelsen is a lecturer at Bygholm Agricultural College, Denmark. Having completed a Master of Science (MSc) degree in agricultural science, livestock physiology and nutrition at University of Copenhagen and diploma in vocational pedagogy at VIA University College, Aarhus, Louise has experience in teaching dairy production to both industry professionals and students. In her academic roles, Louise has also had experience working in research with the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Centre in Denmark and the Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture, Aarhus University Research Center Foulum. Louise has also had extensive practical industry experience working in one of Europe’s most advanced Dairy Industries as a cattle consultant on areas including feed management, calf management and work routines. She has been employed in notable private companies, as a Technical and Commercial Manager for ChemVet A/S and Phileo – Lesaffre Animal Care, where she advised the agro-industry and farmers about probiotic products for livestock (cattle, pigs, poultry). Her work has taken her to assignments in Denmark, New Zealand and Australia.

 

About Bygholm Agricultural College. Bygholm Agricultural College (https://bygholm.dk/) is a self-governed, independent institution founded by local farmers in Horsens, Denmark. Since 1956 more than 8.000 farmers have graduated from the college and more than 200 students are enrolled annually. It is the vision of the College to develop engaged, competent and visionary farmers and managers for the agricultural business, nationally as well as internationally. The Danish agricultural vocational education and training is structured as a combination of both academic and practical training on farm. The college offers four modules for specialization in livestock and crop production. Student can graduate as an “Agricultural assistant” after 2 years of education (level 1) or can continue their studies for a further three to four years to obtain a “Skilled Farmer” certification (Level 2). At the more professional levels, the college offers two consecutive modules for Production Managers (Level 3, + 20 weeks training), and for Agro Economists (level 4, + 40 weeks training). At least “Production Manager”-level is recommended for students aiming to become owners or leading managers of modern industrialized production. Practical training for students takes place on adjacent at private farms and on the school’s 180 hectare farm. BAC employs a staff of approximately 50 persons, of which half are teachers and the others serve technical and administrative functions

 

Denmark’s Agriculture and Dairy Sectors. The Danish agrarian sector is characterized by a highly competitive business environment and a thriving research and development network. Today, Danish agriculture is among the most efficient and advanced agricultural sectors in the world. This success can be ascribed to a high level of education and organization, embodied in the Danish co-operative movement. Denmark is also a global role model for sustainable food production, as they aim for the most efficient use of natural resources, which requires additional innovation capabilities, particularly in terms of biotech and agtech. Its dairy industry is reflective of this dynamism, with annual exports totaling more than EUR 1.8 billion. The Danish dairy industry includes global players ( including Arla Foods, with a turnover of EUR 10.5 billion in 2019) and a number of smaller dairy companies, which are both cooperatively and privately owned. The Danish dairy industry has committed to achieving carbon neutrality in 2050. These factors have allowed Denmark’s Dairy industry to take the lead when it comes to food quality, safety and innovation.
Instructions for Joining on Zoom. This workshop will be delivered online using Zoom. Simultaneous Russian-English interpretation will be provided, but participants must download last version of the application: ZOOM 5.0.
Event Sponsors:

EU-Belarus Private Sector Development Program

 This event is being financed by the European Union and is being implemented by the World Bank in partnership with Bygholm Agricultural College, Denmark.

 

Acknowledgements: many thanks to EUROPEA-Denmark and Anders 🙂

Original invitation: from Anders (DK)

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