concerted action proposed will bring together six partners in
Northern Europe. The objective of the project is to create a working
group of researchers from private and public institutions to evaluate
potential for improving plant quality when used as forages for
ruminants, to use new plants and improve the description of these,
and to adjust plant breeding objectives and ruminant nutritional
strategies, with the objective of reducing the environmental impact
of ruminant production systems.
programme will promote greater interaction and dialogue among
researchers from private and public institutions from a wide range
of biological disciplines. This will result in better integration
of research effort and in more effective use of research resources
within the EU. A catalogue will be developed of sources of data
and research work already carried out. A web site will be set
up. Fifteen workshops will be organised to evaluate the impact
of novel developments in other specialist research areas and the
impact it will have on specific work areas. Two conferences will
be organised to promote further interaction and promote the work
which has been carried out within the workshops. The work will
result in improved integration of research effort in different
areas of plant production and ruminant production. Major progress
and its potential will be described in various specialist areas.
The impact of this progress within various specialist subject
areas will be evaluated. This will result in a reduced environmental
impact of plant ruminant production systems, leading to the development
of sustainable, low input, consumer friendly farming methods.
a better co-ordination, following benefits are going to be achieved
Technical and scientific
Improved identification of research requirements.
Increased sustainable development within production systems.
Increased animal welfare.
Improved identification of research areas that require vertical
Increased rural development through identification of viable options
for improvement of current production systems and methods.
Protection of the environment through the development of systems
that result in reduced nutrient losses to the environment.
Reduced claims of ruminant production systems on limited natural
resources, such as fossil energy.
Increased biodiversity through reduced N-inputs and increase of
number of plant species used in ruminant production systems.
project is co-ordinated by five sub-groups that relate to specific
aspects of forage research. The structure of the project has enabled
specialists to identify the current state of the research in their
specific area of interest. Specialist priorities have then been
amalgamated into more general discussions between sub-groups,
which has then led to a range of general research priorities being
formulated. These have been formulated with industry, the environment
and political objectives in mind.
groups identified areas for future research and discussion. A
number of topics were covered by more than one workshop, indicating
that there is scope for future interdisciplinary work in these
project has succeeded in:
Amalgamating themes from individual sub-groups.
Listing important areas for future research and identifying expertise
from Forage 2000 participants.
Incorporating farmer, industry and policy issues in relation to
future research priorities.
Establishing a Forage 2000 web-site.
Completing and submitting first year annual report.
Putting reports from first year and second year annual meetings
on the Forage 2000 web-site.
Improving communication between coordinators and participants
by combined sub-group meetings, which promoted sequential development
Having a Forage 2000 paper accepted for the EGF conference in
project is now working to its original timetable. Throughout the
second year, there has been a commitment from all participants
to develop ideas from the meetings in the first year. This has
led to a natural evolution of research priorities. The final output
can be classified under three broad headings:
Whole farm forage production and utilisation - a systems approach.
More efficient predictions of grazing intake to evaluate optimal
whole-season grass utilisation.
Evaluating the effect of degradation of conserved forage on intake
and Farming Systems
DG1 4SZ Dumfries
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- Christer Ohlsson
Danish Institute of Plant and Soil Science
Department of Forage Crops and Potatoes
Research Centre Foulum
PO Box 21
Tel: +45 89 99 18 33
Fax: +45 89 99 18 39
- Michael T Abberton
Institute for Grassland & Environmental Science (IGER)
UK-SY23 3EB Aberystwyth
Tel: +44 1970 82 31 83
Fax: +44 1970 82 83 57
- Jean-Louis Peyraud
Intitut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Station de Recherche sur la vache laitière
F-35590 Saint Gilles
Tel: +33 2 99 28 50 92
Fax: +33 2 99 28 51 01
- Ronald Zom
Research Station for Cattle, Sheep and Horse Husbandry (PR)
Department of Animal Production
NL-8219 PK Lelystad
Tel: +31 320 29 32 11
Fax: +31 320 24 15 84
- Kjell Martinsson
Swedish University of Agric. Sciences
Department of Agric. Research for Northern Sweden
PO Box 4097
S-904 03 UMEAA
Tel: +46 9 07 86 50 00
Fax: +46 9 07 86 94 04