New project Re-Livestock started

The new project Re-Livestock has started. The aim of the project, which is funded by the Horizon Europe research programme, is to develop new integrated approaches for different dairy, beef and pig systems and different geographical regions in the context of climate change. FiBL is a partner in the project and involved in various work packages.

Photo: FiBL, Thomas Alfoldi.

The overall goal of Re-Livestock (Facilitating Innovations for Resilient Livestock Farming Systems) is to evaluate and mobilize the adoption of innovative methods used at different scales (animal, herd, farm, sector and region) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. the capacity of livestock systems to cope with potential impacts of climate change. Re-Livestock will bring together scientific expertise and collaborative innovation across disciplines, including animal nutrition, breeding, welfare, farm management, environmental and socio-economic assessment and policy analysis.

Strong collaboration with industry stakeholders to identify the innovations and co-design the validation process will ensure relevance and maximum adoption of best practices. National agricultural groups (case studies) and “stakeholder forums”, together with a “European multi-stakeholder platform”, will enable engaged, collaborative design of transition pathways, while “innovation learning networks” will enable the testing and sharing of innovative solutions. “Communities of practice” will extend the multi-actor approach to a wide range of stakeholders.

The project will develop 13 national case studies related to pig, dairy and beef cattle systems across different regions of Europe. A dual scale ‘Agroecology-sustainable intensification’ and ‘mitigation-adaptation’ will be used. Case studies will be led by industry partners/collaborating stakeholders, in collaboration with a project facilitator who will organize workshops and lead discussions to identify problems and solutions around the adoption and implementation of innovations. Experiences from different case studies will be gathered and shared to understand whether innovations can work in different geographical and socio-economic contexts.

The Re-Livestock project is funded by Horizon Europe. It has a total budget of 13.5 million euros and runs for 5 years starting in September 2022. The project is led by the Spanish National Research Council CSIC, and has a total of 37 partners from 14 different European countries and from Australia, which has a large brings together a network of actors from different value chains within livestock farming.

The consortium includes farmers’ associations (AEANI, PFLA, PROVACUNO), feed companies (DSM, AGRIFRIM), a seed company (Barenbrug), livestock companies (CRV, PIC, ANAS), a precision livestock company (PCH), consulting organizations (ICOEL, CONSULAI, Barenbrug), universities ( UNIBO, UPV, UREAD, WU, SLU, AU, UCD, UNIPI, QUB, AERES, UEX, BOKU, UQ) and applied research institutions (CSIC, WR, SRUC, FiBL, PIK, MVARC, ORC, Agroscope, IRIAF) and a intergovernmental organization (CIHEAM-Zaragoza).

The research institute for organic farming FiBL will realize case studies on innovations that farmers have successfully used in dairy systems (work package 1). FiBL will adapt and develop methods to assess the farm’s sustainability and robustness (work package 5). In addition, it will carry out experiments to determine the effect of different feed materials on the emission of greenhouse gases (work package 2). Finally, FiBL leads the project’s Gender Task Force. The work in FiBL is financed by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI, Swiss Federation, Bern).

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