Research unit :
UMR1213 Herbivores is a joint research unit associating INRAE and VetAgro Sup. It contributes to the design of sustainable farming systems for herbivores that seek to reconcile production efficiency, product quality and socio-economic viability with environmental protection and valuation, and animal welfare. UMR1213 Herbivores assesses both on-farm practices and predominant and alternative systems of herbivore farming and proposes innovative techniques with high environmental value. To achieve this aim, UMR1213 Herbivores analyses and integrates the underlying biological mechanisms, and establishes laws for animal responses with approaches ranging from high-throughput techniques to modelling and decision support tools for various stakeholders (producers, consumers, citizens, and policy-makers).