The research objective of this MSc CCAFS thesis is to assess the sensitivity of comparative milk footprints from dairy farm systems implementing conventional and legume-based animal diets to choice of allocation method. This study aims to fill some of the gaps identified in the literature review. It was identified that there are many studies that examine diets, genetics and choice of allocation method and how they affect the footprints of milk but these studies examine these independently. There is a lack of studies examining how these areas affect the footprints of milk in combination.
The aim and research objective of this study can be achieved by fulfilling the research goals below.
Research goal one:
Identify the sensitivity of milk footprints to allocation methods (mass and economic).
Research goal two:
Examine the effects of different dairy cow diets on milk footprints.
Research goal three:
Examine the effects of different genetic merits of the cows on the footprints.
Research goal four:
Analyse and compare carbon footprints generated.
itivity of milk footprints to allocation methods:
- Comparing the different allocation methods (mass and economic)
- Analysing carbon footprints
- Examining legume diets