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.
- Farm exits
- Latent class model
- Livestock decommissioning scheme
- Structural change