Profitability of permanent grassland

How to manage permanent grassland in a way that combines profitability, carbon sequestration and biodiversity?


The final report of this Focus Group has been published.

Get all the information at a glance in the Permanent Grassland factsheet.


Tasks:

  • Identifying and describing the main farming systems using permanent grassland.
  • Collecting practices to improve efficiency and productivity in milk/meat production systems both for extensive and intensive farming systems (i.e. diversified and improved grassland composition, more efficient grazing-mowing patterns, enhanced fertilisation management (N-P cycling), ICT at farm level for more efficient management, etc.).
  • Collecting grassland management practices which enhance animal health, welfare and productivity. Identify improved grassland composition and management practices that allow for the development of premium and functional products.
  • Determining key traits that relate grassland management with biodiversity and carbon footprint; as well as examples of strategies to combine maintenance of biodiversity and low carbon footprint with farming profitability.
  • Listing fail factors that limit the use of the identified techniques/systems by farmers and summarise how to address these factors.

Results:

 

Focus Group members:

Surname, first name

Profession

Country

Bailey, John

Scientist

United Kingdom

Brandsma, Jeanet

Farmer

Netherlands

Busqué, Juan

Scientist

Spain

Elsaesser, Martin

Scientist

Germany

Goliński, Piotr

Expert from agriculture organisation, industry or manufacturing; expert from NGO; scientist

Poland

Gomes Crespo, David

Farmer; expert from agriculture organisation, industry or manufacturing; scientist

Portugal

Hopkins, Alan

Other type of adviser; scientist

United Kingdom

Hulin-Bertaud, Sophie

Other type of adviser; expert from agriculture organisation, industry or manufacturing

France

Krause, Arno

Innovation broker

Germany

Lind, Vibeke

Scientist

Norway

Mosquera-Losada, María Rosa

Farm adviser; expert from NGO; scientist

Spain

Noorkõiv, Katrin

Farmer; other type of adviser; expert from agriculture organisation, industry or manufacturing

Estonia

O'Donovan, Michael

Expert from agriculture organisation, industry or manufacturing; scientist

Ireland

Peeters, Alain

Farm adviser; expert from agriculture organisation, industry or manufacturing; scientist

Belgium

Pehrson, Inger

Other

Sweden

Peratoner, Giovanni

Scientist; other

Italy

Porqueddu, Claudio

Scientist

Italy

Raducescu, Lavinia

Expert from NGO

Romania

Reheul, Dirk

Farmer; scientist

Belgium

van den Pol-van
Dasselaar, Agnes

Farmer; scientist

Netherlands

Facilitation team
Osoro, Koldo Coordinating expert Spain
Onega, Quico
Task manager Spain

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