Social and economic impacts of grass based ruminant production

A. van den Pol, Talea Becker, Adrian Botana Fernandez, Thia Hennessy, Giovanni Peratoner

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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.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable meat and milk production from grasslands
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 27th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation Cork, Ireland17-21 June 2018
EditorsB. Horan, D. Hennessy, M. O'Donovan, E. Kennedy, B. McCarthy, J.A. Finn, B. O'Brien
Place of PublicationZürich
PublisherEuropean Grassland Federation EGF
Pages697-708
ISBN (Print)9781841706436, 9781841706443
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event27th European Grassland Federation General Meeting Cork (EGF 2018): Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands - Cork, Ireland
Duration: 17 Jun 201821 Jul 2018
https://www.egf2018.com/

Publication series

NameGrassland Science in Europe
Volume23

Conference

Conference27th European Grassland Federation General Meeting Cork (EGF 2018)
CountryIreland
CityCork
Period17/06/1821/07/18
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van den Pol, A., Becker, T., Botana Fernandez, A., Hennessy, T., & Peratoner, G. (2018). Social and economic impacts of grass based ruminant production. In B. Horan, D. Hennessy, M. O'Donovan, E. Kennedy, B. McCarthy, J. A. Finn, & B. O'Brien (Eds.), Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands: Proceedings of the 27th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation Cork, Ireland17-21 June 2018 (pp. 697-708). (Grassland Science in Europe; Vol. 23). Zürich: European Grassland Federation EGF.
van den Pol, A. ; Becker, Talea ; Botana Fernandez, Adrian ; Hennessy, Thia ; Peratoner, Giovanni. / Social and economic impacts of grass based ruminant production. Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands: Proceedings of the 27th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation Cork, Ireland17-21 June 2018. editor / B. Horan ; D. Hennessy ; M. O'Donovan ; E. Kennedy ; B. McCarthy ; J.A. Finn ; B. O'Brien. Zürich : European Grassland Federation EGF, 2018. pp. 697-708 (Grassland Science in Europe).
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van den Pol, A, Becker, T, Botana Fernandez, A, Hennessy, T & Peratoner, G 2018, Social and economic impacts of grass based ruminant production. in B Horan, D Hennessy, M O'Donovan, E Kennedy, B McCarthy, JA Finn & B O'Brien (eds), Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands: Proceedings of the 27th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation Cork, Ireland17-21 June 2018. Grassland Science in Europe, vol. 23, European Grassland Federation EGF, Zürich, pp. 697-708, 27th European Grassland Federation General Meeting Cork (EGF 2018), Cork, Ireland, 17/06/18.

Social and economic impacts of grass based ruminant production. / van den Pol, A.; Becker, Talea; Botana Fernandez, Adrian; Hennessy, Thia; Peratoner, Giovanni.

Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands: Proceedings of the 27th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation Cork, Ireland17-21 June 2018. ed. / B. Horan; D. Hennessy; M. O'Donovan; E. Kennedy; B. McCarthy; J.A. Finn; B. O'Brien. Zürich : European Grassland Federation EGF, 2018. p. 697-708 (Grassland Science in Europe; Vol. 23).

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van den Pol A, Becker T, Botana Fernandez A, Hennessy T, Peratoner G. Social and economic impacts of grass based ruminant production. In Horan B, Hennessy D, O'Donovan M, Kennedy E, McCarthy B, Finn JA, O'Brien B, editors, Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands: Proceedings of the 27th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation Cork, Ireland17-21 June 2018. Zürich: European Grassland Federation EGF. 2018. p. 697-708. (Grassland Science in Europe).