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Report of the joint workshop "Smart Mitigation of GHG in livestock production", 29th and 30th November 2016, in Potsdam, Germany
Bunthof, C.J. - \ 2017
FACCE ERA-GAS - Mitigation - Greenhouse gases - GHG - Livestock - Livestock production - GHG emissions - Animal production systems - production technology
FACCE ERA-GAS (ERA-NET Cofund for Monitoring & Mitigation of Greenhouse gases from Agri- and Silvi-culture), together with the ERA-NET SusAn, (Sustainable Animal Production Systems) and ERA-NET ICT-AGRI 2 (Information and Communication Technologies and Robotics for Sustainable Agriculture) organized a joint workshop on 29-30 November in Potsdam to identify promising approaches to reduce GHG emissions in livestock production. The joint workshop, the first of its kind involving three ERA-NETs, had close to 70 participants from 22 different countries. The three ERA-NETs have already identified a number of potential areas of synergy. This workshop explored one of those areas in detail: Comparison of animal production systems with respect to GHGs. Particular attention was paid to the following two sub-topics: (1) Production technology and management (e.g. housing systems; optimal field and grazing management), and (2) Breeding, physiology, feed & nutrition.The outputs of the workshop will help to set the research priorities for future joint calls and other activities between the three ERA-NETs.
Key challenges and priorities for modelling European grasslands under climate change
Kipling, Richard P. ; Virkajärvi, Perttu ; Breitsameter, Laura ; Curnel, Yannick ; Swaef, Tom De; Gustavsson, Anne Maj ; Hennart, Sylvain ; Höglind, Mats ; Järvenranta, Kirsi ; Minet, Julien ; Nendel, Claas ; Persson, Tomas ; Picon-Cochard, Catherine ; Rolinski, Susanne ; Sandars, Daniel L. ; Scollan, Nigel D. ; Sebek, Leon ; Seddaiu, Giovanna ; Topp, Cairistiona F.E. ; Twardy, Stanislaw ; Middelkoop, Jantine Van; Wu, Lianhai ; Bellocchi, Gianni - \ 2016
Science of the Total Environment 566-567 (2016). - ISSN 0048-9697 - p. 851 - 864.
Climate change - Grasslands - Horizon scanning - Livestock production - Models - Research agenda

Grassland-based ruminant production systems are integral to sustainable food production in Europe, converting plant materials indigestible to humans into nutritious food, while providing a range of environmental and cultural benefits. Climate change poses significant challenges for such systems, their productivity and the wider benefits they supply. In this context, grassland models have an important role in predicting and understanding the impacts of climate change on grassland systems, and assessing the efficacy of potential adaptation and mitigation strategies. In order to identify the key challenges for European grassland modelling under climate change, modellers and researchers from across Europe were consulted via workshop and questionnaire. Participants identified fifteen challenges and considered the current state of modelling and priorities for future research in relation to each. A review of literature was undertaken to corroborate and enrich the information provided during the horizon scanning activities. Challenges were in four categories relating to: 1) the direct and indirect effects of climate change on the sward 2) climate change effects on grassland systems outputs 3) mediation of climate change impacts by site, system and management and 4) cross-cutting methodological issues. While research priorities differed between challenges, an underlying theme was the need for accessible, shared inventories of models, approaches and data, as a resource for stakeholders and to stimulate new research. Developing grassland models to effectively support efforts to tackle climate change impacts, while increasing productivity and enhancing ecosystem services, will require engagement with stakeholders and policy-makers, as well as modellers and experimental researchers across many disciplines. The challenges and priorities identified are intended to be a resource 1) for grassland modellers and experimental researchers, to stimulate the development of new research directions and collaborative opportunities, and 2) for policy-makers involved in shaping the research agenda for European grassland modelling under climate change.

Assessing water resource use in livestock production : A review of methods
Ran, Y. ; Lannerstad, M. ; Herrero, M. ; Middelaar, C.E. Van; Boer, I.J.M. De - \ 2016
Livestock Science 187 (2016). - ISSN 1871-1413 - p. 68 - 79.
Beef production - Blue water - Green water - Livestock production - Water resource use assessment

This paper reviews existing methods for assessing livestock water resource use, recognizing that water plays a vital role in global food supply and that livestock production systems consumes a large amount of the available water resources. A number of methods have contributed to the development of water resources use assessments of livestock production. The methods reviewed in this study were classified into three categories: water productivity assessments, water footprint assessments and life cycle assessments. The water productivity approach has been used to assess benefits derived from consumptive water use in livestock production; the water footprint approach has raised awareness of the large amounts of water required for livestock production; and life cycle assessments highlight the important connection between water resource use and local impacts.For each of the methods we distinguish strengths and weaknesses in assessing water resource use in livestock production. As a result, we identify three key areas for improvement: 1) both green and blue water resources should be included in assessments, and presented separately to provide informative results; 2) water quality should not be summarized within quantitative assessments of water resource use; and 3) methods for assessing water use in livestock systems must consider the alternative uses, multiple uses and benefits of a certain resource in a specific location.

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