Innovation platform for family livestock systems

Innovation platform for natural field grazing and the sustainability of livestock systems

Context of the story

Family livestock systems that base meat production on the natural field constitute the majority of livestock farmers and rural population in Uruguay and Entre Ríos (Argentina). The high levels of animal load and / or the absence of spatio-temporal management cause overgrazing and poor spatial distribution, which, in interaction with climatic variation, contribute to explain low levels of consumption, energy balance and percentage and weight to the weaning of calves. These productive models with limited animal production and few contributions to ecosystem services are very vulnerable to climatic and economic changes, which limits the economic result and conditions the sustainability of family livestock.

Improve the management of the animal load of the natural field in order to couple the increase in the physical-economic income and environmental performance.

The implemented initiative

It was proposed to form an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional innovation platform that will work based on 4 components: 1) Experimental and farm quantification of changes in the grazing pattern, energy balance, functional types of plants and functional diversity of plots and commercial properties subject to changes. in the supply of forage at plot and commercial farm scale. 2) Use of mathematical models to study the effect of changes in the supply of forage on the processes that control primary and secondary production, efficiency of energy use and diversity of the natural field in family ranchers. 3) Application of an approach of co-innovation. 4) The management of the innovation platform.

Regional Platform

The technological solution

A new conceptual model of natural field management at the farm and landscape scale based on an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional innovation platform to model the relationships between grazing intensity, secondary production, economic result, biodiversity and environmental performance of family ranchers in Uruguay and Argentina.

Livestock systems on natural fields are the main economic and social activity of agriculture in Uruguay and the Province of Entre Ríos, Argentina.
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Results

Identification of management models of grazing intensity: Non-manager, Manager and Temporal Space Manager.
Definition and execution of protocols to evaluate the relationship between grazing intensity and environmental variables.
Modeling of the relationship between grazing intensity with forage production and selectivity.
Validation of the grazing intensity management models at the plot scale on the farms.

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Participating Organizations

Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) - Uruguay
Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
UdelaR - Uruguay
Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) - Uruguay
Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina

Main donors

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