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Holistic production to reduce the ecological footprint of meat 

Challenge - In order to enhance the profitability and competitiveness of the European sheep production sector, its capacity to sustain future challenges of climate change, resource use, food security and socially acceptable food production needs to be assessed.

Objectives - This project will assess the sustainability of diverse European sheep production systems, focusing on ecological footprint, animal welfare aspects and nutrition value of lamb meat.

Expected results - Ecologically sound and nutritionally superior lamb meat (EcoLamb) will be branded and marketed throughout Europe as state-of-the-art meat production technology. Direct linkage between animal welfare, meat quality and pharmaceutical use will be determined using innovative Precision Farming techniques. The project will provide a toolbox of recommendations for productive sheep farm management, supply chain, and marketing on how to improve the acceptability of lamb meat by consumers.

Potential Impact - The multidisciplinary approach and multi-actor involvement of the EU sheep sector will assist in re-designing critical aspects to increase societal acceptance and the place of lamb meat in future diets. The outcomes of the project will be used by stakeholders to promote changes in farm management, marketing and processing of meat from sheep. Additionally, results will be used by farm consultants, farmer groups and policy officers to reform consulting approaches and plan new initiatives to make all aspects of the European sheep industry more sustainable.

Coordinated by: Dr. Sinan Ogun- RR Research and Development (TURKEY) – Contact: 19 Mayis Mah. Samanyolu Sok. No.90, Kat 4, D26, Sisli Istanbul - T: +90 532 2759367

Funded by: TUBITAL, BMEL, MIPAAF, FCT, MKGP, INIA, Servicio Regional de Ivestigación y Desarrollo Agroalimentario and Instituto Tecnológica Agrario de Castilla y Léon  as part of the ERA-NET Cofund SusAn through a virtual common pot model including EU Top-Up funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no 696231)

4 research partners:

  • GERMANY: Institute of Stuttgart
  • ITALY: Turin University
  • PORTUGAL: Mountain Research Centre
  • SLOVENIA: Univerza V Novi Gorici
  • SPAIN: Meat Technology Centre of Galicia, Servicio Regional de Investigación y Desarrollo Agroalimentario and Instituto Tecnológico Agrario de Castilla y Léon

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This project has been funded by TUBITAK, BMEL, MIPAAF, FCT, MKGP and INIA as a part of the ERA-Net Cofund SusAn (grantnr 696231) through a virtual common pot model with EU top-up.