Are German farmers ready for a ‘warm restructuring’ of the pig sector?

Insa Thiermann*, Daniel Schröer, Uwe Latacz-Lohmann

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Recent statutory changes have increased the pressure on the German livestock sector to adapt. This paper aims to ascertain the factors affecting German pig farmers' willingness to join a pig farming exit scheme similar to the Dutch ‘warm restructuring’ programme. The analysis is based on a discrete choice experiment with 346 pig farmers. The results indicate great interest of the respondents in a government-run decommissioning scheme. Differences in the perception of scheme attributes (compensation offered, demolition requirements, restrictions on future barn construction and slurry intake) are highlighted by the results of a latent-class estimation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107853
Number of pages10
JournalEcological Economics
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023


  • Farm exits
  • Latent class model
  • Livestock decommissioning scheme
  • Structural change


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