Systèmes d'Élevage Durables

SYSED Research Activities

Sustainable development is now a societal priority. The livestock sector, which is globally expanding, is particularly concerned by this issue. Livestock production chains need to remain economically viable, while meeting environmental challenges related to land use, pollution, reduction of natural resources, loss of biodiversity and competition with food while respecting societal demand for healthy foods whose production preserves the animal welfare.
In this context the SYSED team develop research program for the design of more sustainable farming systems for two different species: rabbits and waterfowl for foie gras (duck and goose). Our objective is to contribute to the emergence of practices and systems that combine economic, social and environmental performance.

Version Française

Latest News

Rabbits on pasture: finding a compromise between performances

Rabbits grazing

In a context of evolving concern over housing conditions of farmed rabbits, we developed a housing system that allows access to an outdoor area. Providing rabbits access to outdoor grazing allows them to express a wider range of natural behaviours, but this may slightly reduce their growth and survival, regardless of the density of the animals.


Alain Ducos
Xavier Fernandez
Valérie Fillon
Thierry Gidenne
Yayu Huang
Laurence Lamothe
Marion Sautier
Davi Savietto
Carole Bannelier
Manon Despeyroux
Corinne Pautot
PhD Students
Manon Fétiveau
Cécile Gayrard
Joanna Litt
Pierre Chiron
Julien Bréda