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Organic livestock production of uplands sheep

{Project} Organic livestock production of uplands sheep. Runs 1991 - 1995. Project Leader(s): Unspecified, ADAS Consulting Ltd .

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This study has a number of objectives: (i) to convert a hill and upland unit of approximately 400 ha, carrying 600 breeding ewes and 35 suckler cows, to organic production standards; (ii) to establish a smaller, comparable unit to be managed conventionally to provide a direct comparison between organic and conventional systems; (iii) to measure the physical performance of grassland and associated sheep and beef enterprises when converting to UKROFS standards for organic production; (iv) to assess the financial impact of conversion; (v) to assess the implications of conversion for animal welfare and disease control; and (vi) to undertake a programme of experiments to provide solutions in specific problem areas.

EPrint Type:Project description
Keywords:sheep, suckler cows, upland farming, hill farming, conversion, farm systems, financial viability, farm business management, animal health, animal welfare
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Sheep and goats
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Beef cattle
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: UK > ADAS
Research funders: UK > Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Project ID:OF0101
Start Date:1 April 1991
End Date:31 March 1995
Deposited By: Defra, R&D Organic Programme
ID Code:7952
Deposited On:13 Dec 2006
Last Modified:20 Aug 2009 14:31

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