Pastures are the basic feed resources for livestock worldwide and mixed farming systems supply over 90% of the milk, 70% of sheep and goat meat, and 35% of beef in humid areas.
The development of integrated crop-livestock systems based on crops in association and rotation with pastures and forages for livestock, responds to a variety of needs to:
• intensify agricultural production sustainably;
• increase profitability and recycling of inputs;
• diversify farmers’ risk, income and nutrition; and
• preserve natural resources and the environment.