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FOOD SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND FARM ECONOMICS IN FRENCH ORGANIC SUCKLER CATTLE FARMS

VEYSSET, Patrick and BEBIN, Didier (2006) FOOD SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND FARM ECONOMICS IN FRENCH ORGANIC SUCKLER CATTLE FARMS. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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The organic Charolais suckler farmers of the French Massif Central sell most of their animals on the conventional market. The high cost of the inputs, and in particular the concentrates, is an incentive for these suckler farmers to seek a high degree of food self-sufficiency on their farms. This self-sufficiency is reached through good management of grass and especially through cereal crops for animal feeding. The strong limitation of the inputs does not affect the numerical productivity or the health of the herd, but it entails lower meat productivity per animal and per hectare. However, the operational cost savings make it possible to maintain income per hectare at the same level as that of conventional farms.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 7: Development of livestock production systems
Deposited By: Veysset, M. Patrick
ID Code:7118
Deposited On:10 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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