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Applying agroecological principles to redesign and to assess dairy sheep farming systems

Abstract : In Roquefort-cheese region, a few farmers’ groups are increasing grazed resources in the ewe diet to reduce cost and to improve the efficiency of the farms. A project between researchers and dairy sheep farmers was developed to analyse innovative livestock farming systems and to understand how farming management integrates the agroecological principles. Twenty-seven farmers’ interviews about practices, farming management, animals’ performances and economic results were carried out and analysed. Four types of farming management were described based on (i) the duration of milking period and the supplementation of the flock, (ii) the diversity of resources, (iii) the genetic gains use. The practices identified can be linked to the agroecological principles. They are implemented by farmers to reach a compromise between three targets: productivity, self-sufficiency and economic efficiency. This study highlighted these practices as levers for action used by farmers to increase their farm’s adaptability. Results could be used to design and to assess new farming systems.
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Vincent Thenard, Jérémie Jost, Jean Philippe Choisis, Marie-Angélina Magne. Applying agroecological principles to redesign and to assess dairy sheep farming systems. Options Méditerranéennes. Série A : Séminaires Méditerranéens, Jun 2014, Clermont - Ferrand, France. 848 p. ⟨hal-02741225⟩



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