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Low input animal production based on forage legumes for grazing systems

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2001-02328

  • Start date

    1 November 2001

  • End date

    31 October 2005

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 729 904

  • EU contribution

    € 1 193 504

Coordinated by:

ISTITUTO ZOOTECNICO E CASEARIO PER LA SARDEGNA

Italy

Objective

The objective is to provide a sound scientific basis for the use of legume based swards in low input, environmentally sustainable grazing systems as an alternative to the use of heavily nitrogen fertilised grass swards. Integrated investigations in four countries will comprise the following work packages:
1. Compilation of database of research information on legume based grazing systems;
2. Measurement of agronomic performance in contrasting legume based grazing systems;
3. Measurement of animal production in contrasting legume based grazing systems
4. Measurement of nutrient losses to the environment from legume based grazing systems.
5. Evaluation of the socio-economic impact of the adoption of legume based grazing systems in the EU. The results will be widely disseminated to the farming community ensuring rapid uptake of technology.

Coordinator

ISTITUTO ZOOTECNICO E CASEARIO PER LA SARDEGNA

Address

Str. Sassari-Fertilia Km 18.6
07040 Olmedo

Italy

Participants (3)

FEDERAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURE

Germany

INSTITUTE OF GRASSLAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

United Kingdom

THE SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2001-02328

  • Start date

    1 November 2001

  • End date

    31 October 2005

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 729 904

  • EU contribution

    € 1 193 504

Coordinated by:

ISTITUTO ZOOTECNICO E CASEARIO PER LA SARDEGNA

Italy