Taking the steps towards sustainable livestock: our multidisciplinary global farm platform journey

MJ Rivero*, Alexander CO Evans, A Berndt, A Cartmill, Andrew Dowsey, A Farruggia, C Mignolet, Daniel Enriquez-Hidalgo, Dave Chadwick, DI McCracken, Dennis Busch, Fabiana Pereyra, Graeme B Martin, Gregg Sanford, H Sheridan, Iain Wright, Lauren Brunet, M Eisler, N Lopez-Villalobos, P RoviraP Harris, P Murphy, Prysor Williams, Randall D Jackson, R Machado, P T Suraj, T Puech, Tommy M Boland, W Ayala, Michael Lee

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• The Global Farm Platform was conceived and established to explore multidisciplinary strategies for
optimising the sustainability of ruminant livestock systems around the world.
• International sustainability issues are common, but
the solutions are often region-specific; therefore, our
farms, situated across all major agroclimatic zones, are
a unique resource worldwide.
• Each farm is following ‘steps to sustainable livestock’ to improve their production system(s), thereby
developing robust metrics to progress economic, environmental and social viability.
• The consortium works collaboratively to improve the
sustainability of ruminants, which we argue are a vital
component of global food systems, delivering both
human and planetary health
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-58
Number of pages7
JournalAnimal Frontiers
Issue number5
Early online date20 Oct 2021
Publication statusFirst published - 20 Oct 2021


  • circularity
  • grazing systems
  • mixed farming
  • precision farming
  • research farms
  • ruminant livestock


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