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Silvopasture: a sustainable livestock production system

Authors
  • Jose, Shibu1
  • Dollinger, Jeanne2
  • 1 University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2-44 Agriculture Building, Columbia, MO, 65211, USA , Columbia (United States)
  • 2 INRA UMR EMMAH, Domaine Saint Paul, Avignon, 84000, France , Avignon (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Agroforestry Systems
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Feb 07, 2019
Volume
93
Issue
1
Pages
1–9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10457-019-00366-8
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Silvopasture, as an integrated land use practice that combines trees, forage and livestock, has been in existence for millennia. There are many variants of this land use in both the temperate and tropical regions of the world practiced at small and large scales. Modern silvopasture; however, is not just a new name for an old practice. It is rooted in sound ecological principles and demands skills in managing complexity. Scientific evidence of the ecological and economic benefits of silvopasture has been accumulating rapidly over the last few years and hence the objective of this thematic issue was to bring together a collection of original research and review articles that dealt with these different dimensions. There are 28 articles included in this thematic issue categorized into four groups based on their primary focus, (1) forage production and quality (2) livestock performance (3) environmental benefits, and (4) challenges in designing and developing silvopasture. The information presented has deepened our understanding of some of the biophysical and socioeconomic dimensions of silvopastoral systems; however, it also has revealed some of the research gaps. Addressing these research gaps will help improve not only the economic and environmental sustainability of these systems, but their social acceptability as well.

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