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Welcome to the Beef and Sheep Team!
We warmly welcome Isam Mohamad Almadani and Zazie von Davier to the agri benchmark Centre in Braunschweig.
Zazie von Davier has a PhD from the University of Göttingen, Germany, and has worked for both the University of Göttingen and Thünen Institute, Braunschweig, Germany, for several years. She has been involved in the agri benchmark networks since 2002. Zazie´s main focus of research is competitiveness of animal production in Germany (especially cow-calf and beef finishing), animal welfare aspects and personnel management in agriculture.
Zazie von Davier
Isam Almadani completed his PhD thesis at University of Göttingen on "Risk Attitude, Risk Perceptions and Risk Management Strategies: An Empirical Analysis of Syrian Wheat-Cotton and Pistachio Farmers". Then, he worked as Postdoctoral researcher at the department of Agribusiness Management, University of Göttingen. For the next years his work will be focus on supporting our partners in North Africa, the Mid-dle East and the Arabic-speaking countries. In addition, he will develop a framework for water and nutrient analysis for our typical farms.
Isam Almadani

New Country in Network - Oman
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We welcome Othman Alqaisi from the Sultan Quaboos University as new research partner in the Sheep Network.

First agri benchmark Pig Report available!
The first agri benchmark Pig Report gives an comprehensive overview of global production and trade in the pig meat sector.
An extract of the report is on our website and a printed version can be ordered here

Pig Report 2016 - Orderform

Beef and Sheep Conference 2017
The next Beef and Sheep Conference will take place in Saskatoon, Canada, from 14 to 21 June. The conference will be jointly organized by our Canadian partner Canfax and the agri benchmark Center in Braunschweig. Canfax, a division of Canadian Cattlemen´s Association, provides expert analysis of markets and trends in the North American beef industry for over forty years. The whole network appreciates the support of Canfax.

Write your thesis at the Thünen Institute
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For students, we offer an opportunity to write an undergraduate, master‘s or PhD thesis. Students are welcome from all universities and colleges in Germany and from abroad.

More information for students on our homepage www.agribenchmark.org

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November, 2016
Dear Readers,
claus deblitz (©Thuenen-Institute) before the year ends, we are happy to present you the 7th agri benchmark Beef and Sheep Newsletter. The 2016 season of global comparisons is completed, our data bases are updated for our partners and the main conclusions drawn. You can also see from this newsletter that we have participated in major international activities surrounding livestock production, practice change and sustainability.
This increased visibility and provided opportunities for further projects, mainly in the fields of practice change analysis against the background of sustainability. In our next newsletter we will report on progress in ongoing projects.

We hope you enjoy reading!
Claus Deblitz
Coordinator of the agri benchmark Beef and Sheep Network

Main findings of the Beef and Sheep Season 2016
The link below provides you with a short overview of the main findings from the 2016 season. Please note that this year we are not publishing a full report. The next report is planned for 2017.
Beef and Sheep Season 2016 (Link to external website)

21st World Meat Congress in Uruguay
Claus Deblitz, coordinator of the agri benchmark Beef and Sheep Network, took part in the 21st World Meat Congress in Uruguay. The congress was supposed to discuss a new global agenda of the sector.
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As an invited speaker Claus Deblitz presented agri benchmark results stressing the importance of production system analyses.
Global beef production – Why production systems are relevant for perspective analysis
(pdf, 3 MB, English Version)
Producción mundial de carne vacuna - Por qué los sistemas de producción son pertinentes para el análisis de las perspectivas
(pdf, 3,1 MB, Spanish Version)
During the World Meat Congress in Uruguay Claus Deblitz talked about latest developments in world meat production and trade.
Interview Claus Deblitz at WMC 2016
In the Beef Committee, Ernesto Reyes presented his view on sustainability analysis, including results from common agri benchmark work.
Silvopastoral systems (SPS) – A sustainable option for beef production
(pdf, 5,2 MB)

World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems in Evora
The Global Network on Silvo-Pastoral Systems (GNSPS) emerged as a proposal during the 5th meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock held in 2014, in Cali, Colombia. The GNSPS is intended to serve as the platform to exchange that information and to promote silvo-pastoral systems in different regions and scales of production. As a result of the first activities, the network has 62 stakeholders from 16 countries mainly from Latin America representing research centers, universities, farmer associations, governmental agencies, NGOs and the private sector.
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For more information visit
World congress - Silvopastoral Systems 2016 (Link to external website)
agri benchmark were represented by Julian Chará and Claus Deblitz
agri benchmark – a global approach to measure silvo-pastoral systems
(Claus Deblitz, pdf, 1,4 MB)
Advances in Silvo-Pastoral Systems in Latin America
(Pablo Peri, pdf, 3,2 MB)

Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock
The 6th multi-stakeholder partnership meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock took part in Panama, 20-23 June, 2016.
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The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock is a partnership of livestock sector stakeholders committed to the sustainable development of the sector. agri benchmark has been an active member since 2013 and participates directly and indirectly in this activity, providing its core competence of measuring production systems, their economics and practice change.
For more information visit
Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (Link to external website)
agri benchmark’s manager international institutions, Ernesto Reyes, presented in his role as chairman of the Focus Area 1 ‘Closing the efficiency gap’ the progress made in the action plans and pilot projects, in some of which agri benchmark plays a role.
Closing The Efficiency Gap
(Ernesto Reyes, pdf, 9,8 MB)
Lesley Mitchell, International Head of Policy from World Animal Protection, presented her or-ganisation’s view on animal welfare and common actions and mentioned the cooperation with agri benchmark in the analysis of silvo-pastoral systems in Colombia.
Integrating Animal Welfare In Sustainable Livestock To Deliver The SDGS
(Lesly Mitchell, pdf, 711 KB)
Julián Chará, our Colombian partner from CIPAV presented the Global Network on Silvo-Pastoral Systems (see also the World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems)
Global Network on Silvo-Pastoral Systems
(Julian Chará, pdf, 3,9 MB)

agri benchmark Beef and Sheep Network in the Media
BSC The Beef and Sheep Conference 2016 took place in Cordoba, Spain, from June 09 to 16 June. The conference aroused a great deal of public interest.
Beef and sheep farming with lower profitability - Spain is moving towards exports of beef and sheep
Press Release, English version
Rinder- und Schafzucht verliert an Wirtschaftlichkeit
Press Release, German version

Did you know?
In this section you find short information in regular intervals on particularities of production, sector, policy or trade in agri benchmark member countries.
sheep Easy-to-apply classification of sheep production systems is now available
Sheep production systems largely differ depending on the available resources (natural, animal and human). These differences create difficulties when implementing farm comparison analysis. In order to provide a comprehensive framework for the analysis, a classification of farm production systems is required.
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