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Integrated crop–livestock systems with agroforestry to improve organic animal farming

Escribano, A.J.; Ryschawy, J and Whistance, L.K. (2019) Integrated crop–livestock systems with agroforestry to improve organic animal farming. In: Vaarst, Mette and Roderick, Stephen (Eds.) Book chapter. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK, pp. 123-155.

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The livestock sector has to satisfy the growing demand for animal products while reducing its environmental impact, in face of great climatic and market changes. For this reason, there is a necessity to redesign livestock production systems in order to make them more sustainable and adaptable. IFS (crop-livestock-trees) could be a viable option to achieve the above-mentioned global goals. Moreover, the implementation of conservation agriculture practices proved to improve crop-livestock beneficial effects. This review paper aims at highlighting the scientific knowledge existing regarding the advantages and limitations of crop-livestock systems including agroforestry and conservation agriculture practices. This shows that integration (this integration can take different operational structures-farming systems) can be a positive approach to achieve farm’s sustainability.

EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:organic farming; organic agriculture; livestock; agroforestry; agroforestry systems; sustainability; sustainable agriculture; mixed farming; crop-livestock; integrated systems; grassland; trees; animal welfare; animal welfare; animal nutrition; animal feeding; animal health; animal production; integrated land management
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Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Farming Systems
Animal husbandry
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: Spain
European Union
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
ISBN:978 1 78676 180 4
Deposited By: Escribano, Dr. Alfredo J
ID Code:35110
Deposited On:27 Mar 2019 09:36
Last Modified:29 Mar 2019 12:03
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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