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Dairy Farm System Simulation for Assessment of Climate Change Impacts in Ireland
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 033005, 2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.14045) @2003
Authors: J.B. Fitzgerald, A.J. Brereton, N.M. Holden
Keywords: climate change, agriculture, grassland, Ireland, modeling, dairy production
The effect of climate change on grassland agriculture has important implications for the
livestock industry in Ireland. A program, Grass_sim was developed to simulate dairy farm systems
with the weather as the main driving factor dictating grass growth. The simulator was designed for
assessing the impact of climate change on milk production. It was necessary to test the sensitivity to
spatially optimize Grass_sim before using it for investigating climate change impacts.