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The environmental impact of dairy production in the EU: practical options for improvement
10/04/2000
The first part of this report for DG Environment of the EU Commission provided a review of dairy production in the EU in terms of production base data. Dairy farming was classified according to economic and technical criteria into four systems: high input/output, low input/output, mountain and Mediterranean. Dairy practice was then described in six agri-climatic zones occurring in the EU. This description is followed by an environmental classification of dairy production and a discussion of the main trends and environmental issues in EU dairy systems. The impact of the Agenda 2000 reforms on the dairy sector was also outlined. The second part of this research began by providing an overview of present measures to minimise the environmental impact of EU dairy regimes, and an overview of measures to enhance environmental impact (2078/92 measures). This was followed by practical options for improving the environmental impact of EU dairy systems according to the classification system developed in the first part of the research. This section concentrated on methods of delivering Good Agricultural Practice (GAP).

1779 final report.pdf