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MIXEd livestock farming for improved sustaiNABiLity and robustnEss of organic animal production (MIX-ENABLE) WP 6.1. Map of agricultural consultants active in organic mixed farming

Meischner, Tabea and Brock, Christopher (2019) MIXEd livestock farming for improved sustaiNABiLity and robustnEss of organic animal production (MIX-ENABLE) WP 6.1. Map of agricultural consultants active in organic mixed farming. Forschungsring e.V., D-Darmstadt .

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Document available online at: https://projects.au.dk/coreorganiccofund/core-organic-cofund-projects/mix-enable/


Integrating two or more animal species with crop production or agroforestry on a farm potentially provides many benefits including more efficient pasture use and parasite management. However, organic mixed livestock farms (OMLF) tend to specialize or display limited integration between farm components.
This limited integration may reduce the practical benefits of OMLF. Therefore, we aim to (i) characterize OMLF in Europe, especially their level of integration between farm components, (ii) assess their sustainability and robustness to adverse events, (iii) compare their performances with those of specialized farms, (iv) integrate the knowledge developed on OMLF into models that can simulate their performances against climatic and economic variability, (v) conduct farm-level experiments to generate knowledge about OMLF (to feed into the models) and (vi) co-design with farmers more sustainable and robust OMLF. We will survey OMLF to collect technical and socio economic data. Then we will enlarge existing concepts and methods to assess the level of integration between farm components and apply these methods to surveyed OMLF. We will also develop an indicator system for integrated assessment of OMLF and apply it to connect the sustainability and robustness of surveyed OMLF with their level of integration among farm components. In parallel we will conduct farm-level experimentation of organic specializedand mixed livestock situations for the comparison of specific aspects of animal husbandry (e.g. pasture use, animal health). We will extend farm simulation models to OMLF and analyze the benefits and drawbacks of livestock diversity. Using these models, we will develop and implement participatory methods to co design with farmers sustainable and robust OMLF. To inform practice and policy-making, we will communicate our results to shed light on the potentialities of OMLF and the way to manage it sustainably or the way to reach it starting from a specialized farm.
A map of consultants in all partner countries was prepared to support stakeholder engagement and knowledge dissemination in the project. Agricultural consultants are the most important actors that mediate the interaction and knowledge flows between the scientific and practice sector. The task was lead by Forschungsring.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:dissemination, livestock farming, sustainability, MIX-ENABLE, Core Organic Cofund
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation: Germany > Institute for Biodynamic Research - IBDF
European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > Mix-Enable
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727495
Related Links:https://projects.au.dk/coreorganiccofund/core-organic-cofund-projects/mix-enable/
Deposited By: Meischner, Tabea
ID Code:36525
Deposited On:22 Nov 2019 09:15
Last Modified:29 Nov 2019 16:44
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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