Climate change adaptation in Mediterranean livestock systems.

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The webinar will cover diverse study cases in Mediterranean countries and address different scales, from buildings to territory. Finally, it will show various solutions and the levers livestock breeders need to activate to sustain productive herds in the Mediterranean Region in a climate change context.

Postponed: Rescheduled for September
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Adrien Guichaoua, ACTA Opening
Rui Charneca, MED (PT) Contribution of SUMO project to livestock production sustainability in the “Montado”


Agustin del Prado, BC3R (ES) ISAGE: Modelling adaptation measures to cope with temperature stress in Mediterranean small ruminant systems.
Morgane Lambert, IDELE (FR) BATCOOL: Buildings adapted to high temperatures for goats, meat sheep and milking sheep.
Adrien Guichaoua, ACTA Closing

Three critical take-home messages:

1 – Using “omics” and other tools can increase livestock productivity, health and welfare in the “Montado”. Precision livestock farming can optimise resource use, livestock and pasture productivity, and soil conservation in the “Montado”. Livestock production in the “Montado” is compatible with biodiversity conservation and increase.

2 – Small ruminants in Mediterranean countries must cope with heat and cold stress due to cold spells in winter and heat waves in summer. Modelling allows us to i) simulate the effect on animal productivity loss and associated emissions, ii) test management strategies (e.g. changes in diet) that are focused on alleviating the effect of cold or heat stress conditions on losses of animal performance, iii) simulate potential trade-offs (or synergies) with climate mitigation (i.e. reduction in GHG emissions).

3—The challenge with buildings is more summer than winter; the forecasts show this trend will continue. We need to plan more and more for modular buildings to adapt to all types of weather.