Agroforestry with ruminants in UK

Description of system

Two research groups in the UK are focusing on agroforestry with livestock in the AGFORWARD project.

The Agrifood and Biosciences Institute in Northern Ireland has been developing improved agroforestry practices based on field experimentation since 1989. In December 2014, it held a stakeholder workshop at Loughgall Research Station focused on orchard grazing. However the researchers at the site are also contributing to work-package 5 through the synthesis of recent and ongoing research.

In 2011, the Organic Research Centre in Berkshire, England established a field experiment integrating rows of short rotation coppice (willow and alder) within grassland grazed by cattle. This experimental site is being used to analyse cattle/grassland/tree interactions and the fodder value of the coppice.

Research and development protocol

The Northern Ireland research and development protocol was agreed on 20 April 2015.If you would like to know about the activity of this group, please contact Prof. Jim McAdam

The Organic Research Centre research and development protocol was agreed on 24 July 2015. If you would like to know about the activity of this group, please contact Dr Jo Smith

Download the system description

A system description report providing an update on the silvopastoral work at the Organic Research Centre was produced in October 2015.