Special Issue "Beef Cattle: Advances for Sustainable Intensification"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Cattle".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Phillip Lancaster
Guest Editor
Kansas State University
Interests: Energy-efficient cattle; methane emissions; sustainable beef production systems
Dr. Robert Larson
Guest Editor
Kansas State University
Interests: Animal health; reproduction; production efficiency

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Livestock production accounts for ~15% of greenhouse gas emissions globally, with cattle representing 65% of livestock emissions. However, cattle allow human food production from the world’s 50 million square kilometers of grasslands, which account for 40% of the terrestrial area. Grasslands provide for soil carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, and feed for wild ungulates, among other ecosystem services. Therefore, eliminating ruminant livestock and converting grasslands to cropland to feed people is likely equally detrimental to the ecosystem, especially on ecologically sensitive land. Therefore, sustainably utilizing grasslands for human food production requires the sustainable intensification of beef cattle production systems.

Areas fruitful for sustainable intensification include genetic enhancements of forage and feed crop production to reduce input use and improve animal utilization, genetic and nutritional strategies to enhance reproductive efficiency, genetic selection to improve the energetic efficiency of animals, technologies to enhance feed utilization and animal health, and the genetic enhancement of animals to reduce the impacts of biotic and abiotic stressors. The aim of this Special Issue is to present recent research and reviews in the diverse disciplines influencing sustainable beef cattle production in order to stimulate cross-disciplinary research on this important topic.

Dr. Phillip Lancaster
Dr. Robert Larson
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Beef cattle
  • Sustainable intensification
  • Forages and feeds
  • Health
  • Genetics
  • Reproduction

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Evaluating the importance of factors impacting beef sustainability using a sensitivity analysis
Authors: Phillip Lancaster; Robert Larson
Affiliation: Kansas State University, USA

Title: Mineral nutrition and beef cattle health
Authors: Roberto A. Palomares
Affiliation: College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

Title: The role of genetic improvement of sexual precocity of heifers for sustainable intensification of beef production in the tropics
Authors: Lucia Galvão de Albuquerque
Affiliation: Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brasil

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