Special Issue "Sustainable Grazing Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (14 January 2020).
Interests: animal production systems; climate change; crop husbandry; grasslands; plant production systems; soil fertility; soil sciences; mitigation; management; forage; greenhouse gases; grazing
Interests: grass growth; grazing management; milk production from grazed pasture; white clover; environmental sustainability
Interests: grazing; biodiversity; grazer-sward interaction
This Special Issue will comprise a selection of papers addressing the importance of sustainable grass-based systems. More and more, citizens demand a sustainable agricultural production. In this respect, grazing is of particular importance. First, grasslands occupy a vast area of agricultural lands and grazing systems are therefore important components of the landscape in almost all European countries. Second, grass is the main feed for dairy cattle in Europe. Grazing ruminants are capable of transforming feed (a resource that could otherwise not be used by humans), into human edible food and are thus important for food production. Next to producing food, grazing systems deliver a large number of other ecosystem services. Grazing systems contribute to, e.g., soil carbon sequestration, biodiversity, beauty of the landscape, maintaining populations in rural areas, conservation of soil quality and supply of feed protein at farm level. To ensure a continuation of grazing on future dairy farms, we need to optimize the grazing system, from a technical, socio-economic and environmental perspective, and we need to do this tailor-made and region specific. Novel grazing systems are needed that: i) are technically and socially feasible for dairy farms in different regions, and ii) are economically viable and environmentally sound. This requires an analysis of the technical, socio-economic and environmental performance of present and novel grazing systems from different stakeholder perspectives. Selected papers should contribute to this analysis.
Dr. A (Agnes) van den Pol-van Dasselaar
Dr. Deirdre Hennessy
Prof. Dr. Johannes Isselstein
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- ecosystem services
- carbon sequestration
- mineral cycling