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Meeting the challenge of sustainable ruminant feed

Bruce, A

Organised by: Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council

Venue: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

May 13, 2014

Research at Innogen: Linking ESRC & NERC science outputs to the Agri-Food industry sector

This is a report from a workshop on meeting the challenges of sustainable ruminant feed held at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on 13th May 2014, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together insights from various industry sectors and wider environmental and research perspectives to progress the development of sustainable ruminant feed strategies.

  • Progress towards sustainable livestock feed strategies
  • Promote an ongoing constructive dialogue between different sectors in research and industry
  • Raise awareness of current state of knowledge (resources and remaining needs)
  • Identify potential synergies and opportunities for deeper co-operation across disciplines and
    stakeholders
  • Identify opportunities for developing appropriate tools for increasing sustainability

The multi-perspective workshop highlighted the complexity of sustainable ruminant feed. Throughout the day emphasis was given to the need to improve links between the academic research base and on-farm practice and the need to better integrate different disciplinary expertise. It was clear throughout the day that different sectors and disciplines were approaching the challenge in very different ways. Yet, through the workshop a productive dialogue was established, so that participants could look at the issue in the round.

Workshop Report: Meeting the challenge of sustainable ruminant feed