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A framework for quantitative analysis of livestock systems using theoretical concepts of production ecology

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  • van der Linden, Aart
  • Oosting, Simon J.
  • van de Ven, Gerrie W.J.
  • de Boer, Imke J.M.
  • van Ittersum, Martin K.

Abstract

In crop science, widely used theoretical concepts of production ecology comprise a hierarchy in growth defining, limiting, and reducing factors, which determine corresponding potential, limited, and actual production levels. These concepts give insight in theoretically achievable production, yield gaps, and yield gap mitigation. Concepts of production ecology have been demonstrated to be applicable to livestock science, but so far they have not been used quantitatively for livestock production. This paper aims to define theoretical concepts of production ecology for livestock systems in more detail, to express livestock production in suitable units, and to provide a framework to analyse production levels for livestock systems and combined crop–livestock systems.

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  • van der Linden, Aart & Oosting, Simon J. & van de Ven, Gerrie W.J. & de Boer, Imke J.M. & van Ittersum, Martin K., 2015. "A framework for quantitative analysis of livestock systems using theoretical concepts of production ecology," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 139(C), pages 100-109.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:agisys:v:139:y:2015:i:c:p:100-109
    DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2015.06.007
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