Role of input self-suffi ciency in the economic and environmental sustainability of specialised dairy farms

A paper published in  Animal en décembre 2014 : S1751731114002845a

Increasing input self-sufficiency is often viewed as a target to improve sustainability of dairy farms. However, few studies have specifically analysed input self-sufficiency, by including several technical inputs and without only focussing on animal feeding, in order to explore its impact on farm sustainability. To address this gap, our work has three objectives as follows: (1) identifying the structural characteristics required by specialised dairy farms located in the grassland area to be self-sufficient; (2) analysing the relationships between input self-sufficiency, environmental and economic sustainability; and (3) studying how the farms react to a decrease in milk price according to their self-sufficiency degree. Continue reading “Role of input self-suffi ciency in the economic and environmental sustainability of specialised dairy farms”

A new approach for comparing and categorizing farmers’ systems of practice based on cognitive mapping and graph theory indicators

in studies of the diversity of systems of practice, using a combination of statistical methods and semi-qualitative modelling can take account of the inherent complexity of the systems of practices.

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