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Organic farming in the uplands – appraisal of a development programme

Frost, David (2000) Organic farming in the uplands – appraisal of a development programme. Paper at: Sixth British Grassland Society Research Conference, Craibstone Agricultural College, Bucksburn, Aberdeen, 11th-13th September 2000.

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There is a widespread assumption that conversion of livestock production systems in the uplands can be achieved with minimal change to existing hill farming practices and yet still deliver environmental and financial benefits. This assumption needs to be examined because conversion of upland farm enterprises poses particular issues for organic farming, Frost (1999). The certifying bodies acknowledge that some of these issues are not adequately covered by the current standards for organic agriculture. The development of a hill farming organic system at Pwllpeiran was established to provide evidence for such an appraisal, Powell (1999).
Appraisal of the project indicates that organic beef and sheep production can be a viable option in the uplands. Long term maintenance of clover content, the relationship between organic production, environmental conservation and veterinary treatment of livestock remain issues that require longer term study.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:uplands, Pwllpeiran, production, economics, environment
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Sheep and goats
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Beef cattle
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: UK > ADAS
Deposited By: Powell, Ms Jane
ID Code:10849
Deposited On:19 Jun 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:35
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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