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Dairy farming styles adopting technical changes for new PDO specifications

Abstract : This paper presents a study concerning farmers' attitudes about technical changes in the case of the "Laguiole PDO cheese". During a 4-years period, the dairy cooperative has developed incentive policies to the maize silage abandonment in the cow feeding. 32 farms were surveyed to: (i) analyse of the farming systems evolution between years 2000-2005) and (ii) interview farmers about their motivation for technical change and their point of view for Laguiole cheese production specifications expected. The abandonment of maize silage has led to three main technical changes in the dairy farms: (i) a maize to grass silage substitution, (ii) the development of barn-dried-hay use, (iii) a return to traditional hay making Four groups of farmers are defined as four patterns of dairy farming styles combining farmers' motivations for technical changes and farmers' point of view for Laguiole cheese production. The milk price has appeared like the main criterion to favour some technical changes.
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Vincent Thenard, Fredéric Carrière, Guillaume Martin, Michel Duru. Dairy farming styles adopting technical changes for new PDO specifications. 8. European IFSA Symposium, Jul 2008, Clermont Ferrand, France. ⟨hal-02753347⟩



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