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DairyMix. Multi-criteria assessment, decision support and management tools for sustainable circular mixed farming systems for dairy production

Active Last updated: 18.04.2024
End: feb 2025
Start: mar 2022

A total of 10 research institutions from Europe and Latin America have joint forces to develop a tool for dairy farmers. The overall aim is to increase sustainability and reinforce climate friendly mixed crop and dairy production systems.

The DairyMix project researchers as they visited a dairy farm in Hamnes, Norway during a workshop in June 2022.



Status Active
External project link DairyMix website
Start - end date 01.03.2022 - 28.02.2025
Project manager Ellen Elverland
Division Division of Food Production and Society
Department Grassland and Livestock
Total budget 3583000
Funding source The Joint Call of the Cofund ERA-Nets SusCrop (Grant N° 771134), FACCE ERA-GAS (Grant N° 696356), ICT-AGRI-FOOD (Grant N° 862665) and SusAn (Grant N° 696231)

Det main coordinator is Prof. Barbara Amon from the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) in Germany. NIBIO coordinates contact with case study farms and data in Norway and leads the work package 5.

The DairyMix project aims to use multi-criteria assessment, and develop decision support, modelling and management tools for sustainable circular mixed farming systems for dairy production. 

The project is structured in five work packages.

WP1: Coordination and management.

WP2: Case studies, data from the extensive DATAMAN database, Eurostat data and data from OTICE, the online barn climate and emission control tool will be collected and analysed.

WP3: Detailed modelling analysis on carbon and nutrient utilization and circularity of mixed farming systems for dairy production.

WP4: brings WP2 and WP3 together for a multi-criteria assessment of mixed farming systems for dairy production based on indicators for circularity and efficient resource use developed in WP2 and WP3.

WP5: Details a range of communication and dissemination activities and hosts the interactive web application - the MilKey/DairyMix platform - to analyse farm data and to evaluate effects of changes in farming practice at farm and regional level with regards to environmental, economic and societal sustainability indicators.


The output of this project will have farmers and other stakeholders in the primary sector as target group, and will also be relevant for society and policy makers. DairyMix will be a major step forward in achieving GHG mitigation and circularity between cropping systems and dairy production systems with flexible and context specific solutions being developed for key European areas and for Latin America.

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One of the key components in this project is to gather information from case study farms in their current situation. Only by listening to the farmers researchers can make the correct inputs in the models and make a decision support tool that will be used in practice for many years to come.