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Improved understanding of socio-economic effects of using different breeds or stocking rates in biodiverse grasslands

This result provides improved understanding of the socio-economic effects of using different breeds or stocking rates in managing biodiverse grasslands. The key innovative feature is the breed comparison and the close link to experimental results carried out under this project. The main findings were that farmers are generally willing to adopt lower stocking rates provided that appropriate subsidies are available. However, even with such subsidies they are reluctant to adopt traditional breeds. This was mainly due to concerns over the lack of appropriate marketing structures. Economic analysis confirmed a lower margin on the traditional breeds examined but noted that again this may have been improve with better marketing opportunities. All grazing systems examined, whatever the stocking rate, were not financially viable without subsidy. The results will be disseminated to end-users by the partners via contacts in extension services and policy bodies. The result is about to be published as a peer refereed paper and economic models used are available at the project website. The result will be used by policy makers to design better-targeted agri-environmental schemes that take account of the socio-economic context in which they will be applied.

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Countryside and Community Research Unit, University of Gloucestershire, Dunholme Villa, The Park, Cheltenham, SOUTH WEST
GL50 2RH Cheltenham
United Kingdom
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