Briefing Papers

Main results of the agri benchmark Beef and Sheep Network are published in our Briefing Paper Series (formerly Working Paper Series) and can be downloaded for free.


Climate change adaptation strategies in beef and sheep production

Briefing paper 2020/1

Basing on a qualitative survey among experts of the agri benchmark Beef and Sheep network, this report paints a consistent picture of the impacts of climate change and reveals major challenges for beef and sheep production globally.

It aims to gain an overview of the nature of climate change in various countries and available measures to adapt to these impacts. Eleven farm case studies from all around the world showcase useful and transferable strategies.

Making climate change adaptation a higher priority and promoting successful pathways within and across countries can unearth much hidden potential in strategy adoption and production system adaptation.

Opens internal link in current windowClimate change adaptation strategies in beef and sheep production
(release date 14.10.2020)


Measuring sustainability on cattle ranches

Briefing paper 2017/2 

Silvopastoral systems (SPS) combine livestock production with rotational grazing using different pastures, forages, fodder shrubs and timber trees as parts of the same system. Due to the multivariate nature of livestock production systems, assessing and monitoring sustainability is a complex issue. Based on six case studies this report evaluates  different aspects of sustainability at farm level through the implementation of SPS that includes different cattle ranching production systems.

English version (pdf-document, 3.222 KB)
(release date 14.08.2017)

Can cattle ranching stop deforestation?

Briefing Paper 2017/1

This paper was produced within the scope of an animal welfare assessment mission by Lesley Mitchell. The activity formed part of our ongoing analysis on sustainable cattle reaching systems in Colombia and other countries, mainly different types of silvo-pastoral systems. Analysis of animal welfare has become an integrated part of this work.

English version (pdf-document, 7,6 MB)
(release date: 08.05.2017)


Cost of production and competiveness of beef production in Canada, the US and EU

Working Paper 2013/5

The US and Canada are major beef producers and exporters and have an interest in exporting beef meat to the EU due to the higher beef price. But the existing import tariff of approximately 40 percent, as well as sanitary trade restrictions (NTBs), mean limitations of beef imports from both North American countries to the EU. This Working Paper analyses likely competitiveness and perspectives of production and trade in terms of a possible tariff liberalisation between the EU and the US.

English Version (pdf-document, 1.340 kb)
(release date: 11.11.2013)

Benchmarking Australian and US feedlots

Working Paper 2012/4

It has been observed that 150-day grain-fed beef prices in Australia are similar to those in the US, suggesting that the higher prices being paid in the US for feeder cattle probably reflect a significantly lower cost of production in US feedlots. This Working Paper takes a close look at the questions ‘Do Australian feedlots receive similar prices to US counterparts for equivalent grainfed cattle?’ and ‘Do Australian feedlots pay less for equivalent feeder cattle than their US counterparts?’ and provides reasons for existing differences.

English Version (pdf-document 470 kb)
(release date: 15.08.2012)

Cost of production for beef and national cost share structures

Working Paper 2012/3

Cost of production analysis contributes to the analysis of the competitive situation of countries and producers for different products. Cost of production data can also feed into global trade models such as used for the FAO/OECD outlook. For this purpose, cost structures should represent the majority of the farms in the countries considered. For selected countries (AU, BR, DE, US), this Working Paper analysis how representative existing agri benchmark data sets are and – if relevant – what could be done to make them more representative.

English Version (pdf-document, 602 kb)
(release date: 12.05.2012)

Feedlots: a new tendency in global beef production

Working Paper 2011/2

Feedlotting is a beef production system for the finishing of cattle. This Working Paper describes the main features of these systems and their economic implications. A benchmark analysis of feedlots in different countries is also presented.

English Version (pdf-document, 2.710 kb)
(update: 20.07.2012)

Spanish Version (pdf-document, 337 kb)
(release date: 11.01.2012)

A global network for the exchange of information, knowledge and expertise

Working Paper 2011/1 - Part 1

What is agri benchmark? The first part of this Working Paper gives an overview of the agri benchmark Beef and Sheep Network, its activities, methods and some network result such as world beef production and trade.

English Version (pdf-document, 591 kb)
(release date: 05.01.2012)

Spanish Version (pdf-document, 598 kb)
(release date: 11.01.2012)

Russian Version (pdf-document, 1.480 kb)
(release date: 10.04.2012)

Measuring competitiveness of beef production by comparative analysis: "Our core competence"

Working Paper 2011/1 - Part 2

Identifying and understanding driving forces for future trends and developments in global agriculture is important for decision-makers in policy, agriculture and agribusiness. The second part of this Working Paper finishes the results showing farm comparative analysis and some examples of special studies. Future prospects of the network are reviewed in the light of expansion to other meat sectors.

English Version (pdf-document, 297 kb)
(release date: 05.01.2012)

Spanish Version (pdf-document, 303 kb)
(release date: 11.01.2012)

Russian Version (pdf-document, 2.256 kb)
(release date: 10.04.2012)

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