Special Issue "Dietary Strategies to Enhance Environmental Sustainability of Livestock Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.
Interests: Agricultural and Biological
Interests: nutrition and feeding of ruminant and monogastric animals; study of energy and protein metabolism in farm animals; feeding evaluation by in vitro, situ and in vivo methods of forages; - environmental impact of livestock farms
Environmental sustainability is more and more a fundamental aspect of human activities, including crop and livestock systems. Particularly, animal production is often believed by media and public opinion to be responsible for a significant share of air, water, and soil pollution. This is only partially true, since other human activities are more impacting than agriculture and animal husbandry. In addition, it has to be underlined that animals have a positive role in utilizing fibrous feeds and byproducts otherwise of no use and source of environmental impacts; therefore, they are an important factor in the circular economy. Moreover, in recent years, an important reduction in the excretion and the emission of environmental pollutants has been attained. Among the factors contributing more to this decrease in pollutants release is nutrition and feeding.
Many dietary strategies have been investigated to reduce the excretion of nitrogen, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and other elements by farm animals and fish, and to minimize methane emission by dairy and meat ruminants, and ammonia emission from animal slurries.
A precision feeding approach in formulating diets for farm animals, both monogastrics and ruminants, is able to enhance feed efficiency, meat and milk production, and the environmental sustainability per unit of product (milk, meat, eggs).
For this Special Issue, we are interested in research papers or reviews aimed at evaluating the positive effects of different nutritional/feeding strategies for livestock in increasing the environmental sustainability of animal productions.
Prof. Matteo Crovetto
Dr. Stefania Colombini
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- dietary strategies
- environmental impact
- precision feeding