Appreciation of the functions of grasslands by Irish stakeholders

D. Hennessy, A. van den Pol-van Dasselaar

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The European project MultiSward studied the appreciation of different functions of grasslands by European stakeholders. This paper describes the importance of grasslands for stakeholders in Ireland. Ireland currently has approximately 4.6 million ha of grassland, which is 90% of the total utilized agricultural area. Irish stakeholders consider grassland to be important for a range of functions and services including milk and meat production, forage production, animal health and welfare, perception of animal production systems and biodiversity. Functions like goat meat production, production of plant fibre, fire control and avalanche control are less appreciated. All stakeholder groups generally agreed on the importance of the functions evaluated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th EGF General Meeting of the EGF at 50: The Future of European Grasslands
EditorsA. Hopkins, R.P. Collins
Place of PublicationZurich, Switzerland
PublisherEuropean Grassland Federation EGF
ISBN (Print)9780992694012
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event25th EGF General Meeting, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK -
Duration: 7 Sep 201411 Sep 2014


Conference25th EGF General Meeting, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK

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