Profitability of Permanent Grassland (EIP-AGRI)

Profitability of Permanent Grassland (EIP-AGRI)
Profitability of Permanent Grassland (EIP-AGRI)

The final report of EIP-AGRI FOCUS GROUP regarding the “Profitability of Permanent Grassland” addressed the challenge of evaluating the current situation of Permanent Grassland and identify what to do to increase their productivity in a sustainable way.
Permanent Grassland (PG) is a very broad topic. The objectives of this focus group were related to the identification and description of the main farming systems using permanent grassland; the definition of the good practices on PG to improve the productivity, efficiency and profitability of the animal production systems; the definition of practices that improve PG composition in order to develop premium and functional products; the identification of PG management practices that enhance the animal welfare and health; the definition of key traits that relate PG management with biodiversity and carbon footprint and find examples of strategies that combine maintenance or enhancement of biodiversity and low carbon footprint; and the identification of the fail factors that limit the use of the identified techniques/systems by farmers and summarise how to address these factors.
From the focus group were identified innovation needs, research needs and adoption needs. Also, one of the main outcomes from this session was the recognition that farmers have the most direct contact with PGs which means that the communication between the different sectors involved in PG management should be improved to ensure that available knowledge and technologies are effectively applied at field level.
Read the full report here.

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