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SusAn ERANET Call 2016 16/SusAn/2 University College Dublin €136,250

Project Title:

Co-definition and evaluation of SUSTAINable BEEF farming systems based on resources non edible by humans

Project Coordinator:

Edward O¿ Riordan,Teagasc

Project Abstract

Co-definition and evaluation of SUSTAINable BEEF farming systems based on resources non edible by humans (SUSTAINBEEF see p=14)


Although most EU countries have pastures its contribution as a feed source for livestock production is less than in Ireland where our climatic conditions are favourable for pasture production. In a sustainability context of livestock production competing with humans for feed resources, pasture based systems of farming offers the opportunity to minimise this competition. Reflecting this opportunity the SUSTAINBEEF project will answer the question of whether or not cattle production systems which rely mainly on grasslands and/or agro-industrial resources which are non-edible by humans are more sustainable than cattle production systems which use feedstuffs that could also be used as human food. In this project, Ireland with partners in Belgium, France, Italy and Germany, will select beef production systems in their respective countries that differ in soil and climate potential to support food or forage production and measure the sustainability of these contrasting beef production systems. The study has the added aim of defining potential scenarios for the evolution of more sustainable cattle production systems in the main EU beef production regions. These scenarios will be evaluated and suitable incentive measures to enhance their implementation will be tested and, when relevant, proposed.

Final Report:

Not available yet.