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The limits to a sustainable livestock sector in the UK - AC0208

Research to determine the levels and types of farming activity UK resources can sustain to enable UK GHG and ammonia reduction scenarios, particularly with respect to the size and configuration of the livestock sector. The research will analyse the potential productivity and configuration of the livestock sector with respect to emission targets/projections. It will underpin research strategy and policy development, particularly with respect to the livestock sector.
The overall objective of the project will be to report the effect of potential changes in the size and configuration of the livestock sector on emissions to air and how the industry can be re-configured to best meet current targets to reduce emissions of GHGs and NH3, while maximising the required levels of productivity. This will provide Defra with rationale for inputs to shaping the development of the livestock industry in the future.

• Estimate the size, productivity and configuration of the UK livestock sector, under current production systems, that would meet the UK GHG and ammonia (NH3) reduction targets.

• Determine, using currently available alternative production systems, what sizes and configurations would meet the UK targets and also the impact on productivity.

• Evaluate the potential for new and improved farm buildings and structures to improve the environmental performance of livestock production systems, particularly with respect to emissions to air.

• Quantify the costs of new farm buildings that will reduce emissions to air and to enable the livestock industry to adapt to those changes in the climate that are considered unavoidable and assess the economic implications for the livestock industry. These results will also be expressed in terms of the carbon trade value needed for these improvements to be profit neutral.

Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2010

Cost: £231,474
Contractor / Funded Organisations
AEA Technology
Climate and Weather              
Climate Change              
Environmental Protection              
Sustainable Production              
Fields of Study
Agriculture and Climate Change