Norwegian milk monitoring - grazing animals

Norwegian milk monitoring - grazing animals


AbstractThis data set contains monitoring data for radiocaesium in milk from cows and goats that are grazing on uncultivated land. In many areas, it is customary for Norwegian cows, goats and sheep to graze on mountain pastures or other uncultivated land during the summer. In areas of central Norway, which are still heavily contaminated from the Chernobyl accident, the radiocaesium levels in plants and mushrooms on uncultivated land can be high and result in high levels in the milk and meat of the grazing animals.
The NRPA monitors the levels of radiocaesium in cow's and goat's milk throughout the summer to estimate whether early countermeasures will be necessary in order to reduce the levels in the meat before slaughter in the autumn. The milk is measured weekly from June to September. The programme also includes monitoring of radiocaesium in live sheep from one area.
STAR partnerNRPA
Type of dataMonitoring
Sample number>1000
Spatially referencedYes
Ecosystem typeTerrestrial
Sample typeCow's and goat's milk; Sheep live monitoring
Date1988 - ongoing
StatusOn-going programme
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Key reference sources 
Data ownershipNRPA
Database formatExcel
Figure information1) Dairy goats in the mountains during summer 2) Dairy goats in the mountains during summer 3) Drying hay in western Norway   (Photographs: Nick Beresford, NERC-CEH)

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