Within EuroSheep project, Best Practices (BP) answering sheep health and nutrition issues were suggested by partner countries and implemented by farmers in other partner countries to assess their suitability. Alongside this assessment, Cost-Benefit (CB) and Sustainability analyses (SA) were performed by the countries provided the 51 BP selected by stakeholders. CB analysis included additional costs of implementing the identified BP at farm level and/or savings in production costs and monetary benefits. SA assessed the impact of the identified BPs on environmental issues. The CB and SA templates included a description of farm/situation in which the analyses were performed. As several indicators such as energy consumption, farm inputs and productivity rates were common, the SA template was developed as a complement to the CB. Additional indicators refer to benefits, as animal welfare, better work environment, free time, etc. On the 51 BP analysed, 55% lead to an increase in working time, but 27% decrease feeding costs and 37% medicine costs. Most, 88%, lead to an increase of the outputs (meat or dairy). Regarding the SA, the 78% of BP increase the feed efficiency, 88% have a positive impact of animal welfare and 53% a positive impact on the atmosphere.
|Title of host publication||1st Regional Meeting of The European Federation of Animal Science NITRA - SLOVAK REPUBLIC|
|Publisher||Wageningen Academic Publishers|
|Publication status||Print publication - 30 Apr 2023|