France 2018 LIFE BEEF CARBON Farmer Network
The 2018 international farm network meeting of LIFE BEEF CARBON was held in Nantes and Rennes from the 11th to 13th of September. A cohort of the 2,000 Innovative farmers from Ireland, France, Spain and Italy attended along with advisors and researchers. The networks testimonies showcased the reduction in participating beef farms carbon footprint.
The inaugural international farm network meeting of LIFE BEEF CARBON was held in Nantes and Rennes from the 11th to 13th of September 2018. A cohort of the 2,000 Innovative farmers from Ireland, France, Spain and Italy attended along with advisors and researchers. At the international farm network, testimonies were provided by each nation and translated into each countries language. Ireland’s farm testimony was provided a member of the Teagasc/IFJ better beef program. The testimony outlined the actions taken as part of the Teagasc/IFJ better beef program to enhance the family farms sustainability and showed how the farm has reduced its beef carbon footprint by over 15%.
A variety of beef farming systems were visited in France over the three days. During these visits, host beef farmers outlined their progress regarding carbon and sustainability. They presented the practical challenges they have encountered to date and improvements they intend to make. Visiting innovative beef farmers discussed action plans with host farmers and the media, and exchanged know-how on assessing sustainability.
The network meeting concluded with presentations to industry stakeholders and the wider public at the Space event in Rennes. The SPACE LIFE BEEF CARBON conference was organized by Institute D’Elevage with support from all partner nations. During the conference, Teagasc researchers described Ireland’s grass-based beef farms and highlighted the mitigation achieved by innovative beef farms. Carbon mitigation achievements were also presented for partner nation’s farms and compared to the overall footprint reduction goal of LIFE BEEF CARBON. The conferences presentations, farmer testimonies and videos can be viewed here