Sheep utilize grass forage resources in landscapes too poor to use for more intensive agricultural purposes, and sheep husbandry is a cornerstone of the economy in many rural areas of
|SauKlim funding: NFR - "Mat-programmet"; 1.04.2009-30.06.2012.
The project will perform analysis of extensive (>8 million lambs) and long-term (21 yrs) data on autumn lamb body mass and litter size from the whole of Norway coupled with (full coverage) satellite data on climate, local weather and plant development (NDVI) to determine the links by which climate affect sheep production. Data on pasture production of winter forage (timothy) and sales of concentrate will enable discerning also delayed effects on other stages in the production cycle.
Through economic modelling within a dynamic sheep-plant framework, and knowledge from the planned analysis on any climate and stocking rate interaction, the optimal stocking rates with increased climate variability will be estimated at alpine ranges differing in habitat productivity.
The project aim to end with concrete advice as to how farmers can buffer climate effects (e.g. stocking rates, birth dates, more dynamic release dates, change of breeds or winter feeding), and to understand what might be the main constraints to buffering for climate effects (e.g., limited space in barn, spring pastures etc.).
|[12. May 2011] Project meeting in Oslo. Results are starting to appear!|
|[22. Nov. 2010] Kari Anne Kaxrud Wilberg takes over as the
sheep association representative at the project, after Håvard
[June 2010] Øyvind Bleka will take a Master thesis on sheep synchrony. He is connected to the Dep. of Mathematics, and to have such an expertise is great - as many challenges on the project are of the statistical sort.
|[29. April 2010] Meeting on the project of most members to discuss progress. We also invited Nathalie Pettorelli to discuss NDVI.|
|[1. July 2009] Anders Nielsen starting his post doc. Welcome!
[22. April 2009] Start up meeting was held here at CEES.
|[1. April 2009] Project is officially starting.|
|[18. March 2009] Evaluation process for post doc is complete. Anders Nielsen was offered the position, and he has said yes.|
|[18. February 2009] Deadline for application to 3 year post doc. 21 applications were received.|