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Intensive - Husbandry systems explanation

Intensive livestock farming is one in which the animals are year-round housed with adequate temperatures, feed and health care necessary for the fast production of animals. It is characterised by a high productivity per animal and per surface thanks to the use of specialised animals selected for fast growing and/or high yielding.

Semi-Intensive - Husbandry systems explanation

Semi-intensive livestock farming is an intermediary one in which the animals are generally fed inside, housed in lower density, have access to enriched environments (including outdoor access) favouring the expression of natural behaviours.

Extensive - Husbandry systems explanation

Extensive livestock production is an animal farming system characterised by a low productivity per animal and per surface. Extensive livestock production systems usually have a low stocking rate and are essentially based on grazing for cattle and free-range access for chicken. Robust dual-purpose cattle breeds and slow growing chicken strains are generally used.

Chicken Chicken
Organization Strains Farming Systems Labels
France France
Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement
Institut Technique des Filieres Avicole, Cunicole et Piscicole Institut Technique des Filieres Avicole, Cunicole et Piscicole

Fast, medium and slow-growing chicken

Indoor farming; extensive indoor farming;

Free-range with access to outdoor; extensive outdoor farming

Organic and conventional

Italy Italy
Universita Degli Studi di Peruggia Universita Degli Studi di Peruggia

Fast and medium-growing chicken

Extensive outdoor and indoor farming

Organic and conventional

Gesco Societa Cooperativa Agricola Gesco Societa Cooperativa Agricola

Slow-growing chicken

No data

Organic and conventional

Switzerland Switzerland
Forschungsinstitut Fur Biologischen Landbau Stiffung Forschungsinstitut Fur Biologischen Landbau Stiffung

Medium-growing and dual purpose chicken

No data

Organic

Belgium Belgium
Universiteit Gent Universiteit Gent

Fast, medium and slow-growing chicken

Extensive indoor farming; extensive outdoor farming

Organic and conventional

Poland Poland
Institut Technique des Filieres Avicole, Cunicole et Piscicole Institut Technique des Filieres Avicole, Cunicole et Piscicole

Fast-growing chicken

Indoor farming

Conventional

Beef Beef
Organization Breeds Farming Systems Labels
France France
Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Sciences Agronomiques de Bordeaus Aquitaine Ecole Nationale Superieure des Sciences Agronomiques de Bordeaus Aquitaine

Limousine pure breed

Extensive

Label rouge

Italy Italy
Universita Degli Studi di Padova Universita Degli Studi di Padova

Holstein x Belgium Blue or Piemontese

Intensive

Organic and conventional

Switzerland Switzerland
Forschungsinstitut Fur Biologischen Landbau Stiffung Forschungsinstitut Fur Biologischen Landbau Stiffung

Cross breeds or milk type males

Extensive

Organic

United Kingdom United Kingdom
The Queen’s University of Belfast The Queen’s University of Belfast

Fast, medium and slow-growing breeds

Extensive indoor farming; extensive outdoor farming

Organic and conventional

Spain Spain
Universidade de Extremadura Universidade de Extremadura

Charolais/Limousin cattle and their crosses with local breeds

Intensive

Conventional

Dairy Dairy
Organization Breeds Farming Systems Labels
France France
Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Sciences Agronomiques de Bordeaus Aquitaine Ecole Nationale Superieure des Sciences Agronomiques de Bordeaus Aquitaine

Holstein and dual purpose Montbéliardes

Extensive, semi-intensive and intensive

Organic and conventional

Italy Italy
Universita Degli Studi di Padova Universita Degli Studi di Padova

Holstein and dual purpose

Extensive, semi-intensive and intensive

PDO (Parmigiano Reggiano), PDO (Grana Padano) and Organic

Germany Germany
Forschungsinstitut Fur Biologischen Landbau Stiffung Forschungsinstitut Fur Biologischen Landbau Stiffung

Holstein

Semi-intensive and intensive

Organic and conventional

Ireland Ireland
Teagasc – Agriculture and Food Development Authority Teagasc – Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Holstein x Jersey and Holstein

Semi-intensive and intensive

Organic and conventional