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Record number 1683746
Title Styles of pig farming : a techno-sociological inquiry of processes and constructions in Twente and The Achterhoek
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Monica A.M. Commandeur
Author(s) Commandeur, M.A.M.
Publisher [S.l. : s.n.]
Publication year 2003
Description XIV, 400 p
Description 1 online resource (XIV, 400 p)
Notes Auteursnaam op omslag: Monica Commandeurshow all notes
Met lit. opg. - Met samenvatting in het Nederlands, Duits en Frans
Proefschrift Wageningen
ISBN 9058088324
Tutors Ploeg, Prof. Dr. Ir. J.D. van der ; Verstegen, Prof. Dr. Ir. M.W.A.
Graduation date 2003-06-13
Dissertation no. 3401
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The aim of the study was to gain knowledge about perspectives for pig production in Twente and The Achterhoek as perceived by the pig producers in relation to society and to the production results of the farms. Pig production was studied through the production processes and the constructions that support production (stables, equipment, networks and indicators). The perspectives were differentiated according to styles of farming.

A method for computerised analysis of the diversity in styles of farming was developed. With this method farms were classified in styles of farming in relation to the dimensions Intensity and Scale (resulting in farm Productivity). With this method the differences among styles of farming could be quantified.

The study resulted in the identification of five styles of farming in the study area (Twente and The Achterhoek): entrepreneurs, craftsmen, stewards, stockmen and shifters. These names are metaphors. They reflect the specific capacities of the farms in the styles of farming.

The key quality of styles of farming is the coherence of a great number of characteristics, which form a logical range of farming practices, and which contrast with other farming practices because they are based on a different logic. In this study the concept of 'logic' is divided into 'foundation', 'ambition', and 'rationale'.

The concepts of 'foundation', 'ambition', and 'rationale' are further outlined in the thesis. The 'foundation' is the basis for the principal capacity of a style of farming: the goals of farmers in their orientation on technology and business. The 'ambition' and 'rationale' of farmers in their farming practices are estimated both in qualitative (with respect to capacity) and in quantitative terms (with respect to productivity).

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Keyword(s) pig farming / sows / farming systems / animal production / rural communities / twente / achterhoek
Categories Pigs / Agricultural Policy
Publication type PhD thesis
Language English
About (Dutch) Het doel van de studie was om kennis te vergroten over de perspectieven van de zeugenhouderij in Twente en de Achterhoek, zoals de boeren die ervaren en dat in relatie tot de wensen die leven in de maatschappij en de productieresultaten op de bedrijven. De zeugenhouderij is vooral bestudeerd als proces van productie en bedrijfsvoering en als stelsel van constructies om de productie te ondersteunen (stallen, stalinrichting, netwerk van bedrijfscontacten en bedrijfskengetallen). De perspectieven zijn gedifferentieerd naar bedrijfsstijlen.
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