Access the Cutting-Edge Findings of the Multi4More Project

Here, you will find a comprehensive list of academic papers, reports, and other materials related to our project’s research and findings. Our team of experts is dedicated to advancing the field of sustainable livestock farming and improving nitrogen use efficiency. These publications represent the collective efforts of our team and showcase the impact of our work.

Whether you are a researcher, farmer, policy maker, or simply interested in the latest advancements in sustainable agriculture, we invite you to explore our extensive library of resources. Our publications are available for free download, and we welcome any feedback or questions you may have.

Finn, J.A., Suter, M., Vishwakarma, R., Oram, N.J., Lüscher, A. and Brophy, C., 2024. Design principles for multi‐species productive grasslands: Quantifying effects of diversity beyond richness. Journal of Ecology.

Malisch, C.S., Finn, J.A., Eriksen, J., Loges, R., Brophy, C. and Huguenin‐Elie, O., 2024. The importance of multi‐species grassland leys to enhance ecosystem services in crop rotations. Grass and Forage Science.

Grange, G., Brophy, C., Vishwakarma, R. and Finn, J.A., 2024. Effects of experimental drought and plant diversity on multifunctionality of a model system for crop rotation. Scientific Reports, 14, 10265.

Baker, S., Lynch, M.B., Godwin, F., Boland, T.M., Kelly, A.K., Evans, A.C., Murphy, P.N. and Sheridan, H., 2023. Multispecies swards outperform perennial ryegrass under intensive beef grazing. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 345, 108335.

Baker, S., Lynch, M.B., Godwin, F., Boland, T.M., Evans, A.C., Murphy, P.N., Kelly, A.K. and Sheridan, H., 2023. A comparison of the nutritive value of perennial ryegrass, perennial ryegrass and white clover and multispecies‐based farmlet systems. Grassland Research, 2, 129 – 139.

Baker, S., Lynch, M.B., Godwin, F., Brennan, E., Boland, T.M., Evans, A.C., Kelly, A.K. and Sheridan, H., 2023. Dry‐matter production and botanical composition of multispecies and perennial ryegrass swards under varying defoliation management. Grass and Forage Science, 1 -12.

McCarthy, K.M., Lynch, M.B., Pierce, K.M., Fahey, A.G., Gath, V.P., McDonald, M., Boland, T.M., Sheridan, H., Markiewicz-Keszycka, M. and Mulligan, F.J., 2023. Rumen fermentation and forage degradability in dairy cows offered perennial ryegrass, perennial ryegrass and white clover, or a multispecies forage. Livestock Science, 269, 105185.

McCarthy, K.M., Walsh, N., van Wylick, C., McDonald, M., Fahey, A.G., Lynch, M.B., Pierce, K.M., Boland, T.M., Sheridan, H., Markiewicz-Keszycka, M. and Mulligan, F.J., 2023. The effect of a zero-grazed perennial ryegrass, perennial ryegrass and white clover, or multispecies forage on the dry matter intake, milk production and nitrogen utilization of dairy cows in mid-late lactation. Livestock Science272, 105234.

Kearns, M., Jacquier, J.C., Harrison, S.M., Cama‐Moncunill, R., Boland, T.M., Sheridan, H., Kelly, A.K., Grasso, S. and Monahan, F.J., 2023. Effect of different botanically‐diverse diets on the fatty acid profile, tocopherol content and oxidative stability of beef. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 103, 4983-4992.

Haughey, E., McElwain, J.C. and Finn, J.A., 2023. Annual yields of multispecies grassland mesocosms outperformed monocultures across a drought gradient due to complementarity effects and rapid recovery. Grassland Research 

Khan, A.S., Finn, J.A., Menezes, A.B.D., Kirwan, S.F., Waters, S.M. and Krol, D.J., 2023. Effects of multispecies and monoculture forages on nutrient digestibility and fermentation responses using an in vitro rumen simulation technique (RUSITEC). Animal-Open Space2, 100052.

Ikoyi, I., Grange, G., Finn, J.A. and Brennan, F.P., 2023. Plant diversity enhanced nematode-based soil quality indices and changed soil nematode community structure in intensively-managed agricultural grasslands. European Journal of Soil Biology118, 103542.

Ryan, K.B., De Menezes, A., Finn, J.A. and Brennan, F.P., 2023. Plant species and soil depth differentially affect microbial diversity and function in grasslands. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment2, 397-411.

Kearns, M., Ponnampalam, E.N., Jacquier, J.C., Grasso, S., Boland, T.M., Sheridan, H. and Monahan, F.J., 2022. Can botanically-diverse pastures positively impact the nutritional and antioxidant composition of ruminant meat?–Invited review. Meat Science, 197 109055.

Hearn, C., Egan, M., Lynch, M.B., Fleming, C. and O’Donovan, M., 2022. Seasonal variations in nutritive and botanical composition properties of multispecies grazing swards over an entire dairy grazing season. Grassland Research1, 221-233.

Komainda, M., Muto, P. and Isselstein, J., 2022. Interaction of multispecies sward composition and harvesting management on herbage yield and quality from establishment phase to the subsequent crop. Grass and Forage Science77, 89-99.

Bracken, C.J., Lanigan, G.J., Richards, K.G., Mueller, C., Tracy, S.R. and Murphy, P.N., 2022. Seasonal effects reveal potential mitigation strategies to reduce N2O emission and N leaching from grassland swards of differing composition (grass monoculture, grass/clover and multispecies). Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment340, 108187.

Grange, G., Finn, J.A. and Brophy, C., 2021. Plant diversity enhanced yield and mitigated drought impacts in intensively managed grassland communities. Journal of Applied Ecology, 58, 1864-1875.

Cummins, S., Finn, J.A., Richards, K.G., Lanigan, G.J., Grange, G., Brophy, C., Cardenas, L.M., Misselbrook, T.H., Reynolds, C.K. and Krol, D.J., 2021.
Science of the Total Environment, 792, 148163.

Jaramillo, D.M., Sheridan, H., Soder, K. and Dubeux Jr, J.C., 2021. Enhancing the sustainability of temperate pasture systems through more diverse swards. Agronomy, 11, 1912.

Grange, G., Brophy, C. and Finn, J.A., 2022. Grassland legacy effects on yield of a follow-on crop in rotation strongly influenced by legume proportion and moderately by drought. European Journal of Agronomy138, 126531.

Moloney, T., Sheridan, H., Grant, J., O’Riordan, E.G. and O’Kiely, P., 2020.
Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 59, 150-166.

Moloney, T., Sheridan, H., Grant, J., O’Riordan, E.G. and O’Kiely, P., 2020. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 59, 12-26.

Grace, C., Lynch, M.B., Sheridan, H., Lott, S., Fritch, R. and Boland, T.M., 2019. Grazing multispecies swards improves ewe and lamb performance. Animal, 13, 1721-1729.

Grace, C., Boland, T.M., Sheridan, H., Brennan, E., Fritch, R. and Lynch, M.B., 2019. The effect of grazing versus cutting on dry matter production of multispecies and perennial ryegrass‐only swards. Grass and Forage Science74, 437-449.

Thank you for your interest in the Multi4More project. We are committed to sharing our knowledge and research with the wider community, and we hope these resources will be valuable to you. We will continue to update this page as new materials become available, so be sure to check back regularly for the latest updates.