Innovationsnetzwerk Rind – Sustainable Cattle Husbandry in Germany Considering Animal Welfare, Environmental Impacts and Social Acceptance
What does sustainable cattle farming in Germany look like, taking into account animal welfare, environmental impacts and social acceptance? What changes can be implemented in the rearing of calves and also in the keeping of beef and dairy cattle? Nine test farms are to provide answers to these questions within the framework of the InnoRind project.
Background and Objective
The project aims to improve animal welfare and thus social acceptance of cattle farming in Germany through practical trials with scientific support and comprehensive evaluation of innovative housing and management approaches. Knowledge transfer into practice rounds off the project.
Within the framework of the project, several innovation projects are planned to be implemented on a total of nine farms. They will be evaluated comprehensively by the cooperation partners (research institutes, chambers of agriculture, universities and colleges). All innovation projects pursue a comprehensive approach to improving husbandry conditions in the calf, beef cattle and dairy cow sectors, which both increase animal welfare and meet other societal demands. The innovation projects are assessed according to a total of eight cross-cutting themes: Animal Welfare, Environmental Impact, Feasibility of Implementation on the Test Farms, Economic Evaluation, Social Acceptance, Animal Hygiene and Antibiotics Reduction, Heat Stress and Barn Climate. The Thünen Institute of Farm Economics is carrying out the work package economic evaluation in cooperation with the above-mentioned project partners. For this purpose, the initial situation (baseline) is compared with the introduced innovations with regard to their performance, costs, revenues and profitability.
The results of the project are the implemented innovations on the experimental farms as well as their comprehensive evaluation from the point of view of animal welfare, environmental impact and social acceptance. In addition, knowledge transfer to farmers and consumers is planned by information provided through a website. It is also planned to transfer the results from InnoRind into practice and to present them at various conferences and fairs. The first results are expected in the second quarter of 2023.
Links and Downloads
Press Release of the Uni Kiel (in German)
Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)
8.2022 - 7.2025
Project funding number: 28N-3-042-09
Project status: ongoing