Special Issue "Quality of Products from Ruminants in Extensive Production Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.
Interests: animal production; animal feeding and nutrition; animal behavior; milk and cheese quality; meat quality; ruminants
Interests: animal nutrition and feeding; by-products in ruminant feeding; ruminant grazing systems; dairy production; ruminant meat quality
In hills and mountains areas, the ruminants farming system is often the result of interactions among environment, animal breed, and grazing management. As is known, the farming system strongly influences the welfare status of animals, as well as their production. Specifically, extensive production systems where animals, often of autochthonous breeds, are fed with pasture-based diets, show positive impacts on animals behaviour and health, and confer special properties to animal products, with particular regard to fatty acid profile, antioxidant compounds, and sensory traits. Thus, the animal products from extensive systems acquire those attributes that are appreciated by a growing number of consumers who require healthy and tasty foods produced with low environmental impact, and ensuring animals’ welfare. Furthermore, extensive production systems, involving local breeds, contribute to safeguard animal biodiversity, preserve artisanal techniques for milk and meat processing, and enhance the presence of typical products in the market.
Original manuscripts taking into account aspects of extensive farming systems, managed also using organic production methods, that could influence any quality traits of typical products from ruminant species, are invited for this Special Issue. Moreover, contributions on animals welfare and health, as well as on environmental and economic sustainability, are welcome.
Prof. Antonino Di Grigoli
Dr. Adriana Bonanno
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- autochthonous breed
- organic livestock
- environmental impact
- animal welfare
- typical products
- fatty acid composition
- antioxidant compounds
- functional foods