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Animal husbandry (Food)

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Interpretation of theme: A branch of agriculture concerned with the breeding and feeding of domestic animals. (Source: MGH)
Is item of theme: Food

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Animal husbandry (Food) associations

Policy themes are used to classify Key policy issues and policy interventions. The tables below contain the issues and interventions associated with theme item Animal husbandry (Food).

Associated Key policy issues and their components

ComponentDescription
Land-use allocation How can agricultural intensification increase global food production, and what policies will contribute to this?
Livestock systems How does the use of marginal lands for grazing increase the risk of degradation and loss of productivity, inducing more forest clearing?
Livestock systems What are the impacts of increasing livestock production on land use, greenhouse gases and other emissions to air and surface water?

Associated policy interventions, their components and the affected components

Policy interventionDescriptionImplemented inAffects component
Change in grazing intensity Change in grazing intensity, usually more intensive. This would require better management of grasslands, including for example the use of grass-clover mixtures and fertilisers, bringing the length of the grazing season in tune with the period of grass production, and rotations.
Changes in consumption and diet preferences Interventions that target consumption changes or changes in dietary preferences
Improvement of feed conversion Improvement of feed conversion ratio of small ruminants, such as sheep and goats. This means other breeds will be used that need less grass to produce the same amount of meat [CHECK!].
Increased livestock productivity A change in production characteristics, such as milk production per animal, carcass weight and off-take rates, which will also have an impact on the feed conversion ratio; in general, this will be lower in more productive animals
Intensification/extensification of livestock systems A change in the distribution of the production over pastoral and mixed systems; usually to a larger share of the production in mixed systems, which inherently changes the overall feed conversion ratios of ruminants.