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May 26, 2016   •   News

The first meeting of the Mediterranean Action and Adaptation to Climate Change in Livestock Sector (MLN) is approaching.

The meeting will be held on 20th July 2016 at Bella (PZ), Italy, at the “Unità di ricerca per la Zootecnia Estensiva (ZOE)” of the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA) – visit www.entecra.it.

Objectives of the meeting are to define:

  1. scopes of MLN;
  2. activities of MLN;
  3. projects of MLN and financial sources.

Participants are expected to present their experience in the Mediterranean agricultural-livestock systems, considering that MLN is an initiative of the Livestock Research Group (LRG) of the Global Research Alliance (GRA) and that the main areas of interest of  MLN are:

  1. Water resources and quality. Livestock require considerable amounts of water for drinking and cleaning. Water is also essential for growing feed crops or grazing. With their manures or with pesticides or fertilizers used for feed production, they can affect water quality and availability. An interdisciplinary approach is necessary to develop strategies for reduce water consumption and mitigate effects of climate change on livestock sector.
  2. Mycotoxins. High temperatures and prolonged drought periods are favorable of mycotoxin contamination which are a hazard for consumers and for animals too, in some cases. The economic damage can be considerable for feed and animal products. Efforts are required to have more tolerant crops, to develop sustainable strategies of defense from parasites, to improve methods of conservation and to develop feeding strategies to face up breakouts.
  3. Good practices throughout the production chain. Improvement of efficiency is key element to sustainability of livestock sectors. It allows to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and of pollutants into air or water and to save unrenewable resources.  Good practices have to be applied and, in some circumstances, adapted to the particular environments and production systems of Mediterranean countries.

In the first meeting proposals for application of a COST project at the next call at the end of 2016 will be expected.

CREA-ZOE gracefully guaranties a financial support for meals of attenders. It also makes available 10 rooms free in the lodge, which are reserved to young scientists which are in temporary position and for all attenders from abroad.

For registration, please fill in the attached form.

For organizing reasons, we kindly ask you to fill in it as soon as possible.

Registration form is to be forwarded to [email protected], which will give you all information regarding traveling and venue.CREA

May 12, 2016   •   News

The college of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UC Davis has posted an interesting article on “Facts and Fiction on Livestock and Climate Change” by Frank Mitloehner, Professor UC Davis.

Professor Mitloehner shows the proportion of US total GHG emissions from livestock production (4.2%) in comparison with emissions from other sectors.  Suggesting that a direct comparison between emissions from the US livestock sector and the energy (31%) and transport sectors (27%) brings into perspective the amount of difference that can be made by reducing livestock emissions.

Of course that is not to suggest that the livestock sector is not required to play its part in reducing emissions. The article shares impressive statistics from the US beef and dairy sectors showing how production from both sectors has increased over the last 50-65 years, although the total number of livestock has decreased.

Dairy:

  • 1950: 22 million dairy cows produced 117 million tons milk
  • 2015: 9 million dairy cows produced 209 million tons of milk. (Fifty-nine percent fewer cows produced 79 percent more milk than they did in 1950.)

Beef:

  • 1970: 140 million head of cattle produced 24 million tons of beef
  • 2015: 90 million (36 percent fewer) head of cattle produce 24 million tons of beef

The full article can be read on the UC Davis website.

For information on some of the management practices that the US are using to continue reducing emissions from their dairy sector in particular see the case studies developed by the Livestock Research Group.

May 6, 2016   •   News
The 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference will be held in Melbourne from 4 – 8 December 2016 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The theme of the conference is Solutions to enhance nitrogen use efficiency for the world. It aims to address “The Nutrient Nexus” of reducing nutrient losses while producing food and energy for all.

Authors are invited to submit four-page papers for possible inclusion in the conference program. All submissions can be submitted electronically via the INI 2016 Presentation Portal (http://www.ini2016.com/papers). The word template is provided, incorporating the formatting guidelines, which must be used for the preparation of four-page papers. All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Unless agreed to by the organizing committee, presenters need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

Late submission of papers for the conference will be accepted until Friday 13 May. Please contact Conference Design ([email protected]) directly if you have any questions regarding the submission portal.

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