Regenerative grazing in Flanders

  • Bijttebier, Jo (Project Assistant)
  • Marchand, Fleur (Project Manager)
  • Vermeersch, Pieter (Former project assistant)
  • Liberloo, Marion (Former project assistant)

Project Details


Main research question/goal

Regenerative grazing, whose aim is to build up organic matter in the soil, is currently rarely applied in Flanders. With the operational group 'regenerative grazing' the aim is to investigate in practice how extensively this system of grassland management can be implemented in certain existing livestock farms in Flanders. The operational group thus wishes to build up local experience with regenerative grazing under Flemish conditions. The great diversity of livestock farms in Flanders is taken into account.

Research approach

The operational group includes 6 livestock farmers, with a clear interest in, but no or limited experience in regenerative grazing. They go through a process in which they are guided by an expert in regenerative grazing. Attention is paid to the individuality of each livestock farm and the motivations and challenges of the farmers. The participants are encouraged, through targeted observations, to gain more insight in the natural systems on which regenerative agriculture is based.


This project deviates from the current trend of housing grazing animals permanently in stalls more often, among others because of enteric methane emissions. However, intensive production systems are experiencing social pressure because of their impact on biodiversity and animal welfare. Production systems based on agroecology seek a valid alternative answer in this debate. 

Effective start/end date1/03/2128/02/23

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