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Farmer's views and values to focus on cattle conservation policies: the case of eight European countries.
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PMID:  23148968     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Our aim was to identify elements useful in designing policies and programmes for conservation of farm animal genetic resources, taking as case study a group of European local cattle breeds. We first investigated the implications of differences among countries in the policies and programmes to be developed. Secondly, we analysed key elements common to countries, which may affect local breed viability. We used the herd size trend expected by the farmer in the near future as an indicator of breed viability. Fifteen breeds, for a total of 355 farms, were surveyed. To take into account the multiple factors influencing breeds' demographic trends, the questionnaire included economical, technical and social aspects. Among the major differences across countries was the perception of the farmer on the value attributed to the local breed by society. Concerning the elements common to countries and their association to breed viability, the greater the collaboration among farmers and the stakeholders' appreciation as perceived by the farmer, the greater the viability of the farm. An opposite trend was observed for the age of the farmer. Older farmers generally planned to soon cease farming or decrease herd size, whereas young farmers planned to increase the size of their herds. Implications of including these elements in conservation polices are discussed.
G Gandini; D Martín-Collado; F Colinet; D Duclos; S J Hiemstra; K Soini; ; C Díaz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of animal breeding and genetics = Zeitschrift fur Tierzuchtung und Zuchtungsbiologie     Volume:  129     ISSN:  1439-0388     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Anim. Breed. Genet.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100955807     Medline TA:  J Anim Breed Genet     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  427-435     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.
 Department DIVET, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Milan, Milan, Italy  Departamento de Mejora Genética Animal, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria (INIA), Madrid, Spain  Animal Science Unit, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liège., Gembloux, Belgium  Institut de l'Elevage, Cryobanque Nationale, Paris, France  Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN), Wageningen University and Research Centre, Lelystad, The Netherlands  Economic Research, MTT Agrifood Research Finland, Jokioinen, Finland.
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