Livestock farming is in the spotlight due to heightened consumer awareness about the environment and human health. However, ruminants can convert biomass unsuitable for direct human consumption (e.g. grass resources) into valuable food, including essential macro and micro-nutrients for humans. While grazing, ruminants contribute to: maintaining the landscape and, in specific local conditions, to; enhancing biodiversity and increasing carbon sequestration. The contemporary industry challenge is therefore to develop livestock production systems that simultaneously enhances environmental sustainability and supports a healthy diet. This is a knowledge-intensive process.

Therefore, this European Industrial Doctorate (EID) programme called Heartland will connect Devenish to cutting-edge scientific knowledge from Wageningen University, University College Dublin and University of Gloucestershire while maximising the impact of the programme by working closely with Bord Bia and the European Food Information Council.

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