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Potentials and challenges for future sustainable grassland ultilisation in animal production

Leiber, F.; Jouven, M.; Martin, B.; Priolo, A.; Coppa, M.; Prache, S.; Heckendorn, F, and Baumont, R. (2014) Potentials and challenges for future sustainable grassland ultilisation in animal production. In: Options Méditerranéennes, A 109, pp. 33-47.

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The paper highlights particular benefits and challenges coming along with ruminant production on permanent grasslands and rangelands. A threefold synergy is i) the utilisation of a nutrient source which is independent of arable land, ii) the ecological benefits of maintained permanent pastures and iii) the production of food with a high nutritional and sensory quality. However, a sustainable use of these pastures requires appropriate management, facing very different challenges depending on the regional conditions. Systemic management schemes based on specific characteristics of the pastures are required for their maintenance and/or development. A further challenge are pasture-bound gastro-intestinal parasites control, which are, however at least partly also an issue of grazing management. The particular nutritional properties of grassland-derived products are scientifically well established, although deeper understanding of specific underlying metabolic mechanisms is still an objective of ongoing manifold research. implementation of instruments for evaluation of these nutritional values in the market chain are lacking. Scientifically many options for the authentication of grassland-based products are under development, and a major task remains their implementation into practice. Decisive for all successful developments are the economic and political frameworks. A multi-perspective re-consideration of the concepts of efficiency for animal production seems to be required for a fair assessment of their services, grassland and rangeland systems bring to global food production.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Permanent grassland, forage production, management, product quality, traceability, animal health, Grasland based livestock systems
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Animal welfare & housing
Deposited By: Leiber, Dr. Florian
ID Code:26604
Deposited On:10 Jul 2014 08:48
Last Modified:28 Jul 2021 14:22
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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