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Record number 431074
Title Developing a typology for local cattle breed farmers in Europe
Author(s) Soini, K.; Diaz, C.; Gandini, G.; Haas, Y. de; Lilja, T.; Martin-Collado, D.; Pizzi, F.; Hiemstra, S.J.
Source Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics 129 (2012)6. - ISSN 0931-2668 - p. 436 - 447.
Department(s) LR - Animal Breeding & Genomics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) farming styles - diversity - back
Abstract Recognizing cultural diversity among local breed farmers is crucial for the successful development and implementation of farm animal genetic resources FAnGr conservation policies and programmes. In this study based on survey data collected in the EUropean REgional CAttle breeds project from six European countries, a typology of local breed farmers was designed and profiles for each of the farmer types were developed to assist these policy needs. Three main farmer types were constructed: production-oriented, product and service-oriented and hobby-oriented farmers. In addition, seven subtypes were characterized under the main types: sustainable producers, opportunists, multi-users, brand makers, traditionalists, pragmatists and newcomers. These types have many similarities to the ‘productivist’, ‘multifunctional’ and ‘post-productivist’ farmer types. The typology not only reveals the high level of diversity among local cattle breed farmers in Europe, which presents an opportunity for the in situ conservation of animal genetic resources, but also a challenge for policy to meet the differing requirements of the farmer types.
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