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Record number 549702
Title Social and economic impacts of grass based ruminant production
Author(s) Pol, A. van den; Becker, Talea; Botana Fernandez, Adrian; Hennessy, Thia; Peratoner, Giovanni
Source In: Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands. - Zürich : European Grassland Federation EGF (Grassland Science in Europe ) - ISBN 9781841706436 - p. 697 - 708.
Event Zürich : European Grassland Federation EGF (Grassland Science in Europe ) - ISBN 9781841706436 27th European Grassland Federation General Meeting Cork (EGF 2018), Cork, 2018-06-17/2018-07-21
Department(s) Animal Nutrition
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2018
Abstract Grass based ruminant production provides multiple benefits to farmers and to wider society. This paper addresses key economic and social factors of grass based ruminant production and illustrates them with national and regional examples from different parts of Europe. Farmers are key actors when it comes to maintaining and improving grass based production systems since they decide on the day-to-day management of the farm. The traditional farm economy model is a model where the income of farmers is a function of the price of the animal products sold, subsidies/direct payments and the associated costs of production. The multiple benefits of grass based production systems to society lead to promising new business models, where farmers are financially rewarded for their added value contributions. This is already put into practise as several societal initiatives have been started, to support rewards for ecosystem services delivered. When developing stimulating initiatives, the mind-set of the farmer should be taken into account, since this is an important influencing factor. Special attention should be paid to young farmers since they represent the next generation of farming.
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