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Grassland-based beef production: a case study on the economic impact and ecosystem services in a Limousin cattle farm

Faux, Anne-Michelle and Faux, Jacques (2018) Grassland-based beef production: a case study on the economic impact and ecosystem services in a Limousin cattle farm. In: Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands. Proceedings of the 27th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation, Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Fermoy, Irish republic, 23, pp. 974-976.

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Document available online at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327417282_Grassland-based_beef_production_a_case_study_on_the_economic_impact_and_ecosystem_services_in_a_Limousin_cattle_farm


This case study assessed the economic impact of grassland-based beef production and associated ecosystem services in a commercial Limousin cattle farm. It aimed to determine (1) the technical and economic performances of different fodder crops including permanent and temporary grasslands, (2) how grazed grass and self-produced fodders are utilised by young bulls and heifers, and (3) associated ecosystem services including carbon fixation of permanent grassland soils and beef meat quality produced from grass. Data were collected from 2013 to 2015. Dry matter yield, nutritional value and cost price were determined for each fodder crop. Animals were weighed every three weeks. In 2015, meat samples from seven bulls finished on pasture were analysed for fatty acids composition. Average daily gains ranged from 1.29 kg day-1 in 2015 to 1.35 in 2014 for young bulls grown on grazed grass without supplementation. Grassland soil carbon content linearly increased with grassland age. The meat polyunsaturated fatty acids content increased with grazing duration. In conclusion, this study showed that grassland allows an increase in both the economic and environmental sustainability of beef production systems but also offers nutritional health benefits to the consumer.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:grassland, grazing, meat production, feed autonomy, carbon fixation, PUFA, fodder, economic impact, meat quality, nutritive value, fatty acides
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems
Animal husbandry
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Beef cattle
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation:Belgium
Belgium > Wallonia > Centre Wallon de Recherche Agronomique (CRA-W) (Gembloux)
Belgium > Wallonia
Deposited By: MOERMAN, Mrs Marie
ID Code:45190
Deposited On:15 Jan 2023 18:28
Last Modified:15 Jan 2023 18:28
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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