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Is the increase in beef cattle in upland farms driving environmentally-friendlier farming?

Abstract : In France, the last 30 years have seen a steady increase in beef cattle whereas dairy cattle are on the decline. Few studies have attempted to investigate the potential effects of this trend on grassland environment quality. To progress on this point, we led farm surveys on eighteen farms in an upland region of the north-eastern Massif Central to capture and analyze changes in grassland management practices over the last decade since abandonment of milk production. Our analysis finds that the five different types of beef conversion observed create globally favourable conditions for grassland preservation and extensive management in these areas. The main issue for the preservation of grassland landscapes in temperate mountain zones will be the capacity of new suckler farms to increase the labour’s income.
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Hélène Rapey, Rémy Beyle. Is the increase in beef cattle in upland farms driving environmentally-friendlier farming?. Joint Meeting of FAO-CIHEAM Mountain Pastures, Mediterranean Forage Resources and Mountains Cheases networks, Jun 2014, Clermont-Ferrand, France. pp.1-843. ⟨hal-02599943⟩

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