WeideWijs: Future grazing in Flanders

Project Details


Main research question/goal

How can robot milking be combined with grazing, taking the changing climate circumstances and a profitable business model into account? The goal of the WEIDEWIJS project is to expand the support base of grazing by collecting relevant information and by examining novel earning models. 

Research approach

In the operational group we look for sustainable business models to make pasturing (economically) more attractive for the Flemish dairy farmer. Through a survey we sound out the application, motivation and obstacles of grazing among Flemish dairy farmers. We will draw up a decision tree to support dairy farmers in making well-considered choices with regard to pasture management.


Through in-depth knowledge on grazing, including through farm visits and through practical tests with grass mixtures, we expect the participating farmers to discover a practical way of applying grazing.  By recording the good practices and disseminating them to the general public, the support for grazing may increase and Flemish dairy farms may come to realize that this practice offers opportunities. In this way, they can eventually develop their business vision in accordance with the vision of Europe (Green Deal) and the customer (meadow milk, short chain, various sustainability programs).

Funding provider(s)
Vlaamse Overheid - L&V

External partner(s)
Hooibeekhoeve - proefbedrijf voor veehouderij
Effective start/end date1/01/2230/09/23