Beef and sheep: Developing practical solutions for sustainable agriculture' - Mike Gooding (Food Animal Initiative)
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This presentation forms part of the Farming Futures workshop 'Making livestock farming fit for the future' ...

This presentation forms part of the Farming Futures workshop 'Making livestock farming fit for the future'

9th December 2009

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  • 1. ‘Developing practical solutions for  sustainable agriculture’ Mike Gooding – Managing Director, FAI Farms Ltd
  • 2. The FAI philosophy … At FAI we operate a range of fully Values Lead integrated, commercially viable and animal welfare focused production systems. Animal welfare and more Sound sustainable farming is at the heart of everything we do. To find out more about our work go Independent to www.faifarms.co.uk Evidence Based Science Values Lead Evidenced based science, research & technology …. a constant learning process
  • 3. Who are FAI? • History – Set‐up in 2000 – An independent limited company – Based in Oxford • Personnel – Ruth Layton, Roland Bonney,  Farm Panel.jpg Malcolm Pye, Paul Cook, Mike  Gooding – Circa 20 farm staff, research teams,  retained consultants • Objective – To drive solutions that deliver real  benefits to animal welfare and the  sustainability of farming
  • 4. Livestock Farming … • Worldwide livestock farming  employs 1.3 billion people • The livestock sector generates  livelihoods for 1 billion of the  World’s poorest people • Livestock product provide a 1/3 of  humanity’s protein intake • But … the dynamics are changing • Population growth • Diet preferences • Available resources Livestock production is               … socially significant
  • 5. Number of Animals used … • Pigs 24.5 million • Cattle 5.6 million • Sheep 16.3 million • Chicken 896.6 million • Poultry 57.2 million • Other 0.6 million In 2004 more than 52 billion  animals slaughtered Worldwide Source  Food & Agriculture Organisation of the UN Livestock consumption is               2004 data … a lot of animals
  • 6. Environmental Impact … The total global contribution of  agriculture to climate change is  estimated to be equivalent to between: 8.5 ‐16.5 billion tonnes of CO2 or between  17‐ 32% of all human‐induced  greenhouse gas emissions *deforestation  *methane *fertilizer use    *water use *biodiversity loss Livestock production has both … impacts & benefits
  • 7. The 3Es … No longer can individual  Available Resources elements be considered  oLand (while supporting ecosystems) oWater in isolation oSoil oAgro‐technologies … all 3 have to ‘stack‐up’ oEnergy environment Affordable Food oCost competitive raw materials oRural development 3Es oFair trade oFood poverty Acceptable Production Methods oWorker welfare oAnimal welfare oProducer income security oSpecies loss ethics economics
  • 8. The FAI Business  Farming Division Mike Gooding Managing Director 1,250 acres grade 4 Flood meadow and clay Beef, sheep, chickens & pigs Research Division Ruth Layton • Broiler chicken genetics Director • Cattle synchronicity Sound science • Sheep lameness Environmental development • Short scrotum castration Welfare delivery • McDonald’s UK, EU & US Consultancy Division Roland Bonney Director • WSPA Brazil & China Pan European • CIWF International Model Farms Education Division Marian Dawkins Zoology Dept Programmes & packages Facilities at Wytham • New division Integration with national curriculum
  • 9. ‘Developing practical solutions for  sustainable agriculture’ Mike Gooding – Managing Director, FAI Farms Ltd