Fodder trees for cattle and goats in the Netherlands

Description of system

Several dairy cow and goat farmers in the Duinboeren region of the Netherlands were participants of the Farms’ Network for Fodder Trees and Multifunctional Land Use (2012-2014). During that project four test sites with fodder trees were planted on four farms. Within the original project dairy goats and cows were allowed to browse on fodder trees such as willow (Salix spp).

Initial stakeholder meeting

The four farmers using fodder trees were interviewed on 11 September 2014. The most positive aspect of using fodder trees was viewed as improved animal health and welfare. The key negative issue was weed control in the establishment of the willow. Potential research themes were protection of browsing trees, the selection of fodder species, and system design.
If you would like to know about the activity of this group, please contact Boki Luske B.Luske@louisbolk.nl of the Louis Bolk Institute, Netherlands.

Download the initial stakeholder report

Download the initial research and development protocol

An initial research and development protocol was produced in April 2015.

Download the system description

A system description report providing an update on the research with ruminants and fodder trees was produced in November 2015.