Impact of climate change on livestock production and reproduction

Gaughan, John and Cawdell-Smith, A.J. (2015). Impact of climate change on livestock production and reproduction. In Climate Change Impact on Livestock: Adaptation and Mitigation (pp. 51-60) New Delhi, India: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-81-322-2265-1_4

Author Gaughan, John
Cawdell-Smith, A.J.
Title of chapter Impact of climate change on livestock production and reproduction
Title of book Climate Change Impact on Livestock: Adaptation and Mitigation
Place of Publication New Delhi, India
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-81-322-2265-1_4
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Year available 2015
ISBN 9788132222651
Chapter number 4
Start page 51
End page 60
Total pages 10
Total chapters 27
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Subjects 2300 Environmental Science
1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
1900 Earth and Planetary Sciences
2700 Medicine
1300 Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Abstract/Summary There is little doubt that climate change will have an impact on livestock performance in many regions and for most predictive models the impact will be detrimental. The real challenge is how do we mitigate and adapt livestock systems to a changing climate? Livestock production accounts for approximately 70 % of all agricultural land use, and livestock production systems occupy approximately 30 % of the world’s ice-free surface area. Globally 1.3 billion people are employed in the livestock (including poultry) sector and more than 600 million smallholders in the developing world rely on livestock for food and fi nancial security. The impact of climate change on livestock production systems especially in developing countries is not known, and although there may be some benefi ts arising from climate change, however, most livestock producers will face serious problems. Climate change may manifest itself as rapid changes in climate in the short term (a couple of years) or more subtle changes over decades. The ability of livestock to adapt to a climatic change is dependent on a number of factors. Acute challenges are very different to chronic longterm challenges, and in addition animal responses to acute or chronic stress are also very different. The extents to which animals are able to adapt are primarily limited by physiological and genetic constraints. Animal adaptation then becomes an important issue when trying to understand animal responses. The focus of animal response should be on adaptation and management. Adaptation to prolonged stressors will most likely be accompanied by a production loss, and input costs may also increase. Increasing or maintaining current production levels in an increasingly hostile environment is not a sustainable option.
Keyword Livestock
Heat Stress
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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