ECIP meets in the Netherlands

ECIP Cattle sheds

ECIP met at Zoetermeer on  2/3 December 2013 to discuss progress on its work programme, and to learn of industry developments in the Netherlands. The visit was organised and hosted by the Dutch Dairy  Board. The Group discussed opportunities under the first call of Horizon 2020, expected to be announced on 11 December 2013. A presentation on the Dutch Sustainable Dairy Chain initiative was given by LTO, followed by discussion on potential relevance to other dairy producing countries. On the final day, a visit was made to a pilot farm  participating in the ‘Cows and Opportunities’ project, funded jointly by the Dutch Government and the dairy industry. Of particular interest, was the pilot work being undertaken on the development of novel housing and bedding systems for dairy cattle.