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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-03-25 - 2022-09-24

The genotyping of high density, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers is a well-developed technology but is being under-utilized in companion animals. Thus the overall goal of the "SNP Array Modell" project is to narrow this gap and analyze genomic diversity in a number of equine and canine populations. A standardized set of genomic analyses will be developed, to assess the diversity in the genotyped breeds. These analyses will help to obtain new knowledge about the breeds and identify potential problems. The main emphasis will be placed on analyses of genomic relationships, admixture, and inbreeding.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-05-14 - 2023-05-13

The concern of the client Salzburg Milch GmbH regarding a life cycle assessment of its main milk varieties and an evaluation of the ecosystem services of the supplying dairy farms was discussed jointly in advance in several meetings. The aim of the present project was to implement this concern in a scientifically sound manner. The project, which is of particular interest to the contractor in terms of research questions on ecosystem services and their implementation in life cycle assessments, is embedded in a dissertation project. In addition to the calculation of environmental impacts with regard to impact categories such as greenhouse gas emission potential or acidification potential for the (raw) milk types of Salzburg Milch and for its participating farms, and in addition to the identification of optimisation measures in the area of raw milk production, environmental impacts in the dairy up to the trade will also be estimated. For raw milk production, international reference milk production systems (Germany, Denmark) are investigated and their environmental impacts are modelled. The project focuses on the identification of suitable methods for operational and milk variety-specific advantages in ecosystem services. Such ecosystem services are, besides the provision of the main product and by-products (milk, beef, calves or farm manure), mainly in the area of regulating functions (soil and water protection, carbon storage, provision of clean drinking water, pollination, biological pest control, nitrogen fixation, etc.) and in cultural services (landscape aesthetics and recreational value in nature, etc.). To validate the developed and applied methods and their results, a scientific publication in an international (English-language) journal with external evaluation ("peer review") will be prepared.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-04-15 - 2021-08-14

The client, ZuchtData, is interested in developing a concept for an analysis method that expands the already developed "Efficiency check" to include the evaluation of environmental impacts of milk production. In the research project, a concept for a new, effort-reduced environmental impact calculation method is therefore developed and implemented in an MS Excel application. The development of the method is based on preliminary work at the contractor and the client (life cycle assessment models and evaluations by the contractor, research project "Efficient cow" as well as module "Efficiency check" by ZuchtData). The method is designed in such a way that existing data of cattle farms (recorded in the cattle data network RDV) are used in the best possible way and supplemented by additional data for an analysis and evaluation of environmental impacts, especially in the areas of animal husbandry and on-farm feed provision. Calculation methods, algorithms and emission factors are chosen in such a way that participating dairy farms can be analysed and evaluated without great effort for the farm managers. Furthermore, the project will (partially) validate the new, effort-reduced calculation method with a more extensive, more detailed calculation method in terms of data requirements. Furthermore, in addition to a project report, a conference paper will be prepared so that the newly developed calculation method can be discussed in the scientific community during or after completion of the project.

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