Using long term datasets from grassland systems to develop metrics for sustainable intensification of ruminant livestock
This is a BBSRC funded Partnering Award with the overall objective of developing collaborations and sharing knowledge between two world renowned research institutes with expertise in grassland/livestock research. The Institutes involved are Rothamsted Research (RRes) in the UK and the Instituto National de Investigacion Agropecuaria (INIA) in Uruguay.
With this partnership award we aim to:
- Promote scientific exchange of knowledge and best practice through reciprocal visits and workshops involving research staff;
- Promote training through reciprocal visits and workshops involving students and early-career researchers;
- Pool resources and capacities through sharing of experimental and field facilities.
We will be developing farm and environmental metrics using long-term data from two grassland livestock experimental platforms with comparable climate but contrasting geographies and soil types.
The project will contribute to BBSRC’s agriculture and food security research priority, in particular aims to minimise negative environmental impacts associated with food production and increase the efficiency and sustainability of animal production.
The partners in the award are: Rothamsted Research, UK and INIA, Uruguay
Researchers involved are:
From INIA: F.Montossi, J. Terra, J.Sawchik, E. Fernández, F. Lattanzi, A. La Manna, A. Quincke, V. Ciganda, C. Lizarralde, V. Rubio
From RRes: L.Cardenas, L.Wu, P.Harris, R.Orr, H.Sinth, M.Blackwell, J.Dungait, A.Collins, T.Misselbrook, M.Lee, A.Mead, M. Glendining
The award is just under £30,000 with INIA contribution of £10,000. The funds will cover exchange visits for researchers to both countries to carry out the research; and 2 workshops, an initial one to be held in the UK, and the final one in Uruguay.