9th ATF seminar (morning)
International climate agreements, like COP21, have initiated a new era for climate policies. The livestock sector has potential to contributing to mitigating climate impact. In the EU, the sector accounts for 40% of global agricultural emissions or 7% of total emissions, producing about 2,400 Mt of CO₂ equivalent annually, but also methane and NO2. Enteric emissions, emissions from manure and land use change (LUC) due to deforestation for feed production are among the principal contributors.
Thanks to significant efforts, the livestock sector in Europe is starting to contribute to mitigation of climate impacts (SDG 13). R&I, new technologies and relevant incentives to implementation of best practices may enable the livestock sector to come close to CO2 neutrality for monogastrics and to achieve a 40% reduction for ruminants. Ways to proceed include e.g. implementing mitigation options and enhancing carbon storage under grasslands soils.
Climate targets should be integrated into a holistic approach to avoid trade-offs and foster a sustainable use of resources, preservation of biodiversity and improvement of soil quality. Future solutions need to optimise multiple factors through a systems approach, which takes into account the interplay between the system components.
The ATF seminar would like to engage discussion with farmers, industries, scientists, policy makers and with the society. It s a follow up of the ATF-EAAP special session helb during the EAAP Annual Meeting.
Programme available on ATF website.
Fitter Livestock Farming workshop (afternoon)
What R&I can deliver to support climate mitigation and adaptation in livestock farming
This workshop will bring together animal scientists with livestock professionals and advisors, as well as researchers, non-profit & societal organisations and industry representatives, to discuss sustainable use of resources, preservation of biodiversity, livestock gene bank collections and improvement of soil quality in the livestock sector.
The Fitter Livestock Farming Project Group (PG) is a cluster of six research projects (FEED-A-GENE, GenTORE, GplusE, IMAGE, SAPHIR & SmartCow) funded by the European Commission and coordinated under the Common Dissemination Booster, aiming to bring Innovation to food safety and sustainable agriculture.
Towards environmentally friendly livestock farming
The livestock sector contributes substantially to the European economy and to the vitality of many European countries. The livestock sector also has great potential to contribute to mitigating climate impact. In the EU, whilst livestock are currently responsible for 7% of total emissions, there is a view that using grass to feed ruminants like cattle and sheep offers huge mitigation potential as grass is a large reservoir able to hold excess CO2. New technologies and relevant incentives like being able to select the most efficient animals will enable the livestock sector to use best practices to enable it to come close to CO2 neutrality as well as reducing methane and NO2 emissions. If these measures are taken up alongside reducing deforestation and better use of soils for agricultural production the livestock sector in Europe will be starting to significantly contribute to mitigation of climate impacts.
Another relevant topic is the gene banks. The animal gene banks are an investment for countries and research institutions as well as an asset for the livestock sector. A better knowledge of these collections is key to stimulate to their use. However, information about gene bank collections is often hard to find for a breeder, because these gene bank collections are scarce.
The Fitter Livestock Farming PG focuses on these topics and is working on solutions and proposals to turn the EU sustainable livestock farming into reality.
Towards a competitive livestock production – how to prepare the future?
On 6th November, the afternoon session “What R&I can deliver to support climate mitigation and adaptation in livestock farming”, organised by the ATF and the Fitter Livestock Farming PG will take place in Brussels. The session will present products, tools, devices and systems, developed by the EU-funded projects from the Fitter Livestock Farming PG, that are tackling challenges in animal production through innovation to improve food security and livestock farming sustainability.
A Policy Paper on Sustainable European livestock farming systems
This workshop will provide inputs for a Policy Paper to be defined by the Fitter Livestock Farming PG. The paper, to be provided by end of the year, will propose priorities for research and innovation for Horizon Europe funding programme, from the European Commission.
Programme available online.
9th ATF seminar & Fitter Livestock Farming Workshop
Wednesday 06 November 2019
Rue d'Egmont 11 - 1000 Brussels
(Metro Trône or Porte de Namur)
Morning (10.00-13.00) : 9th ATF seminar
Afternoon (14.00-16.30): Fitter Livestock Farming Workshop