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Welcome to the Beef and Sheep Team!
Katrin joined us in March 2018 and was immediately taken to the Paraguay field trip. She works on a PHD on mitigation strategies in beef production in the international context. A description of her project can be found on the Thünen Website:
GHG mitigation in cattle farming - how much is possible where?
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Beef and Sheep Training
In two consecutive training sessions in January and February 2018 we had a number of partners from the Beef and Sheep as well as the Pig Network for a training in methods and tools here in Braunschweig. We offer these trainings regularly for our partners and on demand. There is also option for members of our partner institutions to stay for training on the job for a few weeks or months and work on specific questions and projects. From February 11-15, 2019 we have another training.

New Network Partners
We are excited to be able to welcome new contributions to the network from Finland, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
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Atria Tuottajat
Sinikka Hassinen
Seinäjoki, Finland
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Aryan Rural & Nomads Animal Production Management Association
Farhad Mirzaei
Karaj, Iran
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Animal Science Research Institute of IRAN (ASRI)
Mohammad-Hossein Banabazi
Karaj, Iran
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King Saud University
Faculty of Food and Agriculture
Walid Soufan
Riad, Saudi Arabia

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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January, 2019
Dear Readers,
claus deblitz (©Thuenen-Institute) we are happy present you the 8th edition of our Beef and Sheep Newsletter with the latest developments of outputs, projects and people. We also wish you an excellent start into a peaceful, healthy and successful year 2018.
Claus Deblitz
Coordinator of the agri benchmark Beef and Sheep Network

New publication on silvopastoral analysis
A new publication summarises the costs and benefits of the introduction of silvopastoral systems (SPS) in Colombia, Mexico and Argentina. It is based on our work with our Colombian partner CIPAV and within the scope and support of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock as well as the Global Network of Silvopastoral Systems. A comprehensive analysis focuses on the introduction of SPS in various natural conditions and farming situations and quantifies the implications in terms of performance, economics, environment and animal welfare (if available).
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The report can be found here:
Silvopastoral Systems and their Contribution to Improved Resource Use and Sustainable Development Goals:Evidence from Latin America

Beef and Sheep Report Summary 2018
This report provides a short overview of the most important developments of the global beef and sheep sectors in 2017 / 2018. It looks at consumption, production, trade and prices globally. The economic analysis comprises price developments and benchmarking results from the agri benchmark data base.

The summary of the 2018 Beef and Sheep season can be found on our website. For non-members it is for watching only, members have the full version in the member section of our website.
Beef and Sheep Report 2018
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Beef and Sheep Conference 2018 in Ireland
The Beef and Sheep Conference 2018 took place in Galway, West of Ireland, from June 14-20. A comprehensive programme with internal workshops on sheep and beef, international comparisons, latest developments on beef and sheep markets, farm analysis, field trips to sheep, cow-calf and beef finishing farms was provided. For the first time, the perspectives of beef and sheep production for the next 2-3 years were identified and quantified. A full day of the Conference was dedicated to the Global Forum with Irish and international policy analysts and decision makers of the beef and sheep value chain on June 18.
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We would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to our host Teagasc and to Anne Kinsella and her team for creating a wonderful spirit, great programme and full commitment of all participants and organisers. We also thank our sponsors for their generous support.
Click here for the Press Release:
Understanding your competitiveness is more important than ever with free trade getting more restricted
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Other conferences
International Conference on Agricultural GHG Emissions and Food Security – Connecting research to policy and practice, Berlin, 10 – 13 September, 2018
This was a big international conference hosted by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture and mainly organised by the Thünen Institute. In a session on mitigation potentials of livestock and grassland management, Claus Deblitz presented the results from work on silvopastoral sys-tems in Colombia from the angle of greenhouse gas emissions. Co-authors were Ernesto Reyes and Julián Chará. The presentation can be downloaded below.
Silvopastoral systems can reduce emissions and create multiple wins in beef production
More information on the conference you find on the conference website: #AgriGHG
Global Conference on Sustainable Beef, Kilkenny, Ireland, 10.-12.10., 2018
This conference was organised by the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and saw 250 partic-ipants from more than 25 countries globally and from industry, retail, science, international or-ganisations, producer organisations and NGOs. Claus Deblitz was a member of the expert panel session on "Cow Burps, Gas & Grass: A Look at Innovations Impacting Reductions in Emissions, Cultivation of Carbon and Improved Natural Resource Management Around the Globe". Together with the other panellists and the audience, he discussed the various options of reducing GHG emissions in beef production.

Please see our website for a movie of the panel. You might have to scroll down a bit.
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Field trips for data collection in Paraguay and Brazil
Paraguay, March 2018
Within the WWF project of "Best practice land use options in flooded savannahs in Colombia and Paraguay" a field trip for data collection was undertaken with WWF-staff, local experts and producers from 12 to 16 March, 2018. Participants from agri benchmark were Elizabeth Lunik (cash crops), Katrin Agethen (beef), Ernesto Reyes (project manager agri benchmark) and Claus Deblitz (project leader from Thünen).
Heifers grazing in Chaco North
In the field trips and workshops, the following activities were performed:
1. The reference situation (baseline) located close to the Pantanal region for the cow-calf in the so-called ‘Palmar’ – palm tree situation – and the cow-calf plus beef finishing – in the Palmar and the ‘Bosque’ (former savannah forest) – situation was presented and discussed. In another step, the land use options to improve productivity and sustainability in these systems were discussed and specified.
2. The scenario for the North Chaco with integration of livestock (cow-calf plus finishing) and cash crops was established and validated through a farm visit. This will be confronted by a baseline with exten-sive grazing to compare productivity, economics and sustainability.
As a follow-up of the trip, Martín Mongelós from WWF Paraguay came to Braunschweig in August 2018 and was trained in the use of our tools to analyse practice change analysis for the Par-aguay beef production and the integrated beef – crop system.
Workshop participants
Brazil, November 2018
A team of agri benchmark researchers (Katrin Agethen, Ernesto Reyes, Claus Deblitz) and colleagues from partner institutions (Julián Chará from CIPAV in Colombia, Martín Mongelós from WWF Paraguay) visited two areas in Brazil to learn more about sustainable beef production, mainly in the context of silvopastoral systems.
1. In the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, we visited EMBRAPA Gado de Corte (Cattle) in Campo Grande and learned from their long-year field trials on SPS. We agreed on a cooperation and started to collect data on SPS from a commercial farm near the city of Bandeirantes, close to Campo Grande.
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Discussion of the agri benchmark team with EMBRAPA researchers Fabiana Alves (right), Mariana Pereira (second from right), Davi Bungenstab (left) in front of the field trials with Bracciaria and eucalyptus trees.
2. In the Northern state of Maranhão, around the city of Imperatriz, we met with the SPS-expert Rogério Mauricio from the Universidade Federal de São João del Rei in Minas Gerais and local producers. On a commercial farm, we saw two types of SPS systems: the first one using the natu-ral regrowth and selection of native trees (mainly for cow-calf) and the second one using eualpyt trees (and some legume bushes) in a rotation of backgrounding cattle.
A summary of the visit and the farm can be found in the movie here:
Missão internacional começa experiências sustentáveis no interior maranhense
Cattle on SPS with legume bushes and native trees
Data from both farms and regions will be used to create two more SPS case studies and to include Brazil in the Global Silvo-Pastoral network. Our Ph.D. student Katrin Agethen will also use this data for the analysis of mitigation strategies in beef production.
The "Maranhão team"

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