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WP2 : Beef production systems typology and sustainability indicators selection

(Leader: INRA – Co-leader: IDELE)


  1. Select and describe case studies representative of the diversity of beef production systems in partner countries.
  2. Build a multicriteria evaluation model to characterize systems sustainability with shared indicators.


The diversity of beef production systems in partner countries are analyzed by a typology crossing farm types (cattle production type, cash crop importance, …), soil potential, climate and the availability of co-products in the area. An inventory of the databases and of the typologies available in each country, and a harmonization of the descriptive variables are a prerequisite of this task. This typology allows the selection and description of the representative farms to be modeled in WP3.

The sustainability (economic, environment and social) of the selected farm-types is evaluated through a set of performance criteria at the farm level. In addition to the ‘usual’ indicators of sustainability that have to be selected and homogenized between the different farm models and countries, specific indicators are co-defined with stakeholders and value-chain actors to characterize the share of feed in competition with human food. In the social pillar, some indicators depict the quantity and quality of animal production. These indicators feed the discussions of WP4 with the value chain actors of the beef sector. A multicriteria evaluation model, including a system efficiency evaluation method, provides a framework to organize and interpret the different indicators.

Partner countries :

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>> Report : Beef production in the European Union <<