Sageguard aims to help you answer questions about sustainability, and provide guidance on how to sustainably produce sheep and goats within Europe

We cannot guarantee to have all the answers but through our interactive website you can delve into the depths of what constitutes sustainability and what to look for in your business. Sageguard reinforces the holistic nature of sustainability and can guide you towards the implementation of recommended practices. Sustainability is not just a short term fix, it is a method of production that guides the reasoning behind your own decisions across every aspect of your business

SAGEGUARD is an output of the Horizon 2020 project Innovation for sustainable Sheep And Goat production in Europe (iSAGE)

Commencing in 2016 and concluding in 2020, the four year project investigated the sheep and goat industry to identify patterns in practice from genetics to management

iSAGE will improve the sustainability and innovative capacity of the sheep and goat sector in Europe. We will make the improvements by making the sectors more efficient and farms more profitable. We will also make people aware of how much sheep and goats contribute to the environment and the benefits of sheep and goat products. Additionally, assessing the attitudes of the consumer and society to the EU sheep and goat sector will help us increase society acceptance and the role of sheep and goat products – meat and milk – in future diets

To achieve these objectives, iSAGE industry partners collaborated closely with the research teams to assess how sustainable the sheep and goat sectors are. The outcomes of these assessments were used to identify potential future problems or opportunities for sheep and goat production in Europe

By following the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture systems (SAFA) framework, the creators of SAGEGUARD have compiled a selection of useful resources to promote self-education and help guide decision making on farm

The website is extrapolated from the Public Goods Tool (PG Tool), developed by the Organic Research Centre in 2012.
The original PG Tool was adapted during the course of the iSAGE project, with the help of industry and academia experts