Sustainable livestock sector
Mission and vision
Biodiversity and soil health
Climate smart livestock farming
Precision livestock farming
Innovation in livestock farming
ATF events in 2020
In 2020, 2 events will be organised on the topic : "
What livestock has to offer to biodiversity and healthy soils
ATF-EAAP Special Session / remote meeting, on December 1
ATF seminar / Brussels, Belgium, on April 21
The onsite EAAP Porto Annual Meeting has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however the meeting will be hosted as a virtual event on December 1
More information & registration on
Programme of the 8th ATF-EAAP special session
Since 2013, the ATF-EAAP Special Session during the
Annual Meeting aims to bring together animal science with practice of animal production and connect researchers, policy-makers, industry representatives and societal organisations. Every year, a different topic is addressed during this half-day session.
Format of the EAAP & ATF Special Session
The session would like to engage discussion with farmers, industries, scientists, policy-makers and with the society. Most important findings will be discussed with a panel. The outcomes of the session will be discussed with a large panel of European stakeholders during the
ATF seminar, in Brussels
The Special Session aims to contribute to:
Engage a dialogue with various stakeholders
how research and innovation can support the livestock sector
Provide input to European research and innovation agendas and to public policies
to secure Europe’s role as a leading global provider of safe and healthy animal-derived products;
Support knowledge development and innovation
Foster ownership by farmers and industries
ATF-EAAP special Session - Tuesday 1
December 2020 afternoon
Welcome & introduction
By Jean-Louis Peyraud, ATF President -
SETTING THE SCENE: Assessment of livestock impacts and positive contributions to biodiversity and soil health
By Félix Teillard, FAO -
Livestock production is widespread around the world, with terrestrial areas dedicated to rangelands and cropland dedicated to fodder production. Demand for livestock products is projected to grow significantly until 2050, driven by a combination of global population growth and changes in patterns of food consumption due to increasing wealth and urbanization. The influence of livestock production on biodiversity and soil health needs therefore to be assessed, considering that the exact effects are diverse and depend on the intensity of production, the nature of specific practices, the livestock species used, and local ecological conditions. The quantitative assessment of the impacts of livestock systems on biodiversity and soil health is an area of work to be included in future sustainability assessments.
SETTING THE SCENE: Trade-offs between livestock, biodiversity and soils health and approaches towards positive impacts
By Alberto Arroyo Schnell, International Union for Conservation of Nature -
A representative of an organisation involved in nature conservation will highlight the relation between the biodiversity crisis and practices in agriculture, fisheries, and forestry on the one hand, and disruption of water flow, inadequate management of waste and discharges, etc. On the other hand, the approach will explore the potential application of positive impact approaches for biodiversity in the commercial agriculture and forestry sectors and drivers for change.
SETTING THE SCENE: Loss of organic matter is a major threat: herbivores are key to keep organic matter in soils
By Vincent Manneville, Idele -
(to be confirmed)
Organic matter is key for soils physical, chemical and biological functions. Micro-organisms of soils are major players in organic matter dynamics. A study of the effects of agricultural practices in mixed farming systems under various ecosystems has shown that some agricultural practices can significantly increase soil organic matter content and microbial function of soils. Furthermore, it can foster significantly the capacity of soils to provide mineral nutrients useful to plants, to limit synthetic inputs in fodder systems.
Farmers best practices to mitigate or remediate biodiversity losses
By Seán Finan, CEJA -
Example of a ruminant farmer’s practices towards fostering ordinary biodiversity and soil health by using a diversity of forage species and grassland types, by introducing short term grassland in crop rotation, and by diversification of land use and thus maintaining open habitats and landscape. Introduction of legumes that contribute to nitrogen (fertilizer) and protein (feed) for livestock and contributes to animal health thanks to some of their secondary metabolic compounds.
Animal genetic resources and breeding goals for biodiversity-rich livestock systems
By Sipke J. Hiemstra, Centre for Genetic Resources - Wageningen University & Research -
To maintain options for livestock systems to adapt to a variety of future environments and contexts it is important to preserve a broad genetic base and livestock gene pool. Complementary strategies are needed to conserve and to properly manage farm animal genetic diversity (local and cosmopolitan breeds), and to exploit the available animal genetic resources in the global context of food and nutrition security and climate change. At the same time, livestock provide a diversity of agroecological, social, cultural and rural economic services, contributing to preservation of biodiversity, diverse landscapes, high-quality food and cultural heritage. Hence, breeding goals and the choice of livestock breeds should be based on characteristics and limitations of different future farming systems and agro-ecological contexts. Knowledge should be mobilized on development of tailor made breeding goals, on better phenotypic and genomic characterization of breeds, and on genotype × environment interactions and resilience mechanisms.
Good practices of industry driving production
By Dionys Forster & Robert Erhard, Nestlé -
Example of a company involving farmers and developing local and/or labelled products accounting for biodiversity, healthy soils and healthy food products schemes with added value for farmers and appreciated by the consumer.
Questions & answers
Moderated by Vivi H. Nielsen, Aarhus University -
with the audience, the speakers and Patrick Worms, EURAF -
By Jean-Louis Peyraud, ATF President -
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