Combining cattle and sheep on pasture: how do farmers organise the sharing of grass resources ? Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands

Abstract : The mixed grazing of cattle and sheep can optimise the use of diverse resources, enhance the quality and quantity of grass and reduce the susceptibility of a system to climatic €uctuations. is study aimed to explore how farmers manage grass resources grazed by two species. Our results highlight four styles of mixed cattle and sheep grazing that lie along a continuum from no link between the two species to a high level of integration in space and time. We show that the conguration of the land and the type of bovine production (dairy or beef ) in€uence how mixed grazing is managed.
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Sylvie Mugnier, Sylvie Cournut. Combining cattle and sheep on pasture: how do farmers organise the sharing of grass resources ? Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands. European Grassland Farming meeting, Jun 2018, Cork, Ireland. ⟨hal-02439232⟩

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