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Intensification: A Key Strategy to Achieve Great Animal and Environmental Beef Cattle Production Sustainability inBrachiariaGrasslands

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Cardoso, Abmael da Silva [1] ; Barbero, Rondineli Pavezzi [2] ; Romanzini, Elieder Prates [1] ; Teobaldo, Ronyatta Weich [1] ; Ongaratto, Fernando [1] ; Machado da Rocha Fernandes, Marcia Helena [1] ; Ruggieri, Ana Claudia [1] ; Reis, Ricardo Andrade [1]
Total Authors: 8
[1] Univ Estadual Paulista Unesp, Dept Zootecnia, BR-14884900 Jaboticabal, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Rural Rio de Janeiro UFRRJ, Dept Prod Anim, BR-23890000 Seropedica, RJ - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Review article
Source: SUSTAINABILITY; v. 12, n. 16 AUG 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 5

Intensification of tropical grassland can be a strategy to increase beef production, but methods for achieving this should maintain or reduce its environmental impact and should not compromise future food-producing capacity. The objective of this review was to discuss the aspects of grassland management, animal supplementation, the environment, and the socioeconomics of grassland intensification. Reducing environmental impact in the form of, for example, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is particularly important in Brazil, which is the second-largest beef producer in the world. Most Brazilian pastures, however, are degraded, representing a considerable opportunity for the mitigation and increase of beef-cattle production, and consequently increasing global protein supply. Moreover, in Brazil, forage production is necessary for seasonal feeding strategies that maintain animal performance during periods of forage scarcity. There are many options to achieve this objective that can be adopted alone or in association. These options include improving grassland management, pasture fertilization, and animal supplementation. Improving grazing management has the potential to mitigate GHG emissions through the reduction of the intensity of CO(2)emissions, as well as the preservation of natural areas by reducing the need for expanding pastureland. Limitations to farmers adopting intensification strategies include cultural aspects and the lack of financial resources and technical assistance. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/20264-0 - Productive, environmental and economic impacts of strategies supplementation in beef cattle diet under grazing heights and finishing strategies
Grantee:Ricardo Andrade Reis
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 10/09924-2 - Evaluation of the finishing system of sheep grazing on tifton-85 grass swards submitted by the rotational stocking intensities
Grantee:Ana Cláudia Ruggieri
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 15/16631-5 - Management strategies to reduce environmental impacts of beef cattle production systems
Grantee:Ricardo Andrade Reis
Support type: Research Program on Global Climate Change - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 17/11274-5 - Decomposition of litter and greenhouse gases emission in Brachiaria grasses with increasing nitrogen fertilizer rates
Grantee:Abmael da Silva Cardoso
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate