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Role of grasslands in the foraging approaches of farmers in the Grand Ouest of France

Abstract : Research projects carried out by the Angers School of Agriculture (ESA) have analysed the range of ways in which farmers in the Grand Ouest area of France think about and "implement" grasslands. Several groups of factors help shape foraging approaches: pedoclimatic conditions, the professional environment, and the presence of communication networks in which grassland-related issues are discussed. There were clear differences in how farmers viewed grasslands, and these perspectives were rooted in grassland services (e.g., animal performance, economic value, agricultural value, and environmental value). As a result, farmers displayed a range of approaches that place more or less emphasis on grasslands. These approaches can change over time as farmers engage in discussions with their peers and with stakeholders outside the field of agriculture. We provide some recommendations for promoting certain foraging practices.
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Timothée Petit, Annie Sigwalt, Roger Le Guen, Gilles Martel, Sebastien Couvreur. Role of grasslands in the foraging approaches of farmers in the Grand Ouest of France. Fourrages, Association Française pour la Production Fourragère, 2019, pp.235-245. ⟨hal-03116181⟩



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