Adaptation strategies: ruminants

Variable and unpredictable environmental conditions mean that animal production faces numerous challenges

John B Gaughan

2018

Scholarcy highlights

  • Variable and unpredictable environmental conditions mean that animal production faces numerous challenges
  • Animal adaptation is a function of a number of intertwined factors
  • Animal adaptability is as much about the animal as it is about the adaptability of caretakers and their use of available resources
  • Reducing the adverse impact of climate change on livestock requires multidisciplinary approaches including the integration of animal breeding, nutrition, housing, and health
  • In developing a strategy for adapting to climate change, one key challenge is dealing with uncertainty
  • The integration of new technologies into the research and technology transfer systems potentially offers many opportunities for further development of strategies to adapt to climate change

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