The collaborative AranLIFE project saw the effective implementation of a results-based approach that pays farmers for the quality of the species-rich grassland that they deliver, resulting in increased biodiversity value of over 1,000ha of priority Natura 2000 habitat (EU-protected areas).
The project developed a targeted grazing plan to support stock and maintain the quality of priority grassland.
The project also identified seasonal limitations with forage quality and developed customised diet supplements for livestock to improve their health, welfare and value while grazing on the species-rich vegetation.
This project is impactful because of increased commitment in the EU to results-based approaches in Pillar 1 and 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The effectiveness of the project was recognised through securing funding (€1.45 million) for a follow-up European Innovation Partnership (EIP) project, Caomhnú Árann.