6 December 2022

Sustainable forages for net-zero in livestock production

Organised by:

SCI's Agrisciences and Energy groups, BSAS (British Society of Animal Science) and CIEL (Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock)

SCI, London, UK

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Early bird offer ends 25 October 2022


With an increasing global population, the demand for food and animal products is growing rapidly. This leads to increasing interest in the use of sustainable forages (the main diet ingredient in ruminant diets) and agricultural practices to support the transition to the low-carbon economy in livestock production systems. The event will address issues around growing and using forage crops that can reduce livestock’s greenhouse gas emissions. The morning session of this meeting will introduce alternative forages and their potential to reduce livestock emissions. The afternoon session will focus on a systems-approach analysis about the overall impact of introducing alternative forages and agricultural practices  on livestock emissions; and provide practical examples and solutions on how to grow and feed them successfully.


The event is intended to broker links between science, agriculture and industry, with a target audience of academics, students and early-career researchers in the field; stakeholders across the food chain including farmers, agricultural consultants and managers, feed and food manufacturers, marketing and retailers; policy-makers; and consumers and public who are seeking evidence-based information around reducing livestock emissions.

Call for posters

Contributions are invited from early-stage researchers and PhD students working on the role of forages to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock and the transition towards net-zero in livestock production. that support the role of forages to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock and the transition towards the low-carbon economy in livestock production. The objective for the competition is to identify posters which best explain the outcomes of the research, and also in the context of the potential for commercialisation.

There will be voucher prizes of £100 for 1st place and £50 for 2nd place. The 1st place winner will be additionally awarded with the opportunity to publish their poster in the Wiley-SCI journal GHG (Greenhouse Gases Science and Technology)

An abstract of maximum 250 words (250 words does not include author names, affiliations, references or figure captions) indicating title, authors, institution included with the Poster, should be sent to conferences@soci.org by Monday 21 November 2022 with the subject line “Sustainable Forages event - poster entry”


For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org


Tuesday 6 December 2022

Registration and refreshments
Challenges and opportunities of introducing alternative forages from a policy perspective
Speaker to be confirmed
Session 1 – Forages for net-zero
The role of multispecies pasture in reducing emissions in livestock production
Chris Reynolds, University of Reading
The role of clover in reducing emissions in livestock production
James Humphreys, Teagasc
Slurry emissions from various feedstocks
Dominika Krol, Teagasc
Panel questions and answers session
Refreshment break
Session 2 – Systems approach in reducing emissions
The role of soil-pasture-animals interactions on nitrous oxide emissions
Graham McAuliffe, Rothamsted Research
The environmental and socioeconomic implications of different forages
Adrian Williams, Cranfield University
Agroforestry in Scotland: potential benefits in a changing climate
Speaker to be confirmed
Panel questions and answers session
Session 3 Implementation challenges and solutions
The future of grass and clover: breeding advances for net-zero grassland
David Lloyd, Germinal
Multispecies swards: how to grow successfully
Paul Totterdell, Cotswold Seeds
Combining production systems within the same farm: a case study
Speaker to be confirmed
Challenges and opportunities in alternative forages: a supply chain perspective
Sophie Throup, Morrisons
Panel questions and answers session
Networking reception
Conference close
Due to the uncertainty and ever changing situation regarding the pandemic and company travel policies, it may be necessary for some speakers to present remotely at short notice.
Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

Before early bird - ends 25 Oct 2022
SCI member - £90
BSAS member* - £90
Non-member - £145
Student member - £40
After early bird
SCI member - £140
BSAS member* - £140
Non-member - £195
Student member - £70

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Organising committee

Sokratis Stergiadis, University of Reading
Peter Reineck, SCI
Annie Williams, CIEL
Michael Lee, Harper Adams University
David Kenny, Teagasc
Maggie Mitchell, BSAS