The Irish cattle population structured by enterprise type: overview, trade & trends

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Title: The Irish cattle population structured by enterprise type: overview, trade & trends
Authors: Brock, JonasLange, MartinTratalos, Jamie A.Meunier, Natascha V.Guelbenzu Gonzalo, MariaMore, Simon JohnThulke, Hans-HermannGraham, David A.
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Date: 4-Apr-2022
Online since: 2022-05-06T09:34:27Z
Abstract: Background: The cattle sector is the most important economic production unit of the Irish farming and agri-food sector. Despite its relevance, there has been limited quantitative information about the structure of differing cattle production types and of the connections between them. This paper addresses this gap by providing, for the first time, an overview of the Irish cattle population structured by enterprise type. Methods &┬áResults: We collected data from the cattle register for the period 2015 to 2019 and assigned registered herds to one of 18 different herd types using a recently published herd type classification approach. This allows, for the first time, to exploring changes in enterprise types and subtypes over time, and describing the movements between these subtypes and from these subtypes to slaughter. Conclusions: The overview and associated classification presented in this study will form the basis for a number of future comparative studies, including cross-sectoral assessments of profitability, estimation of the extent of animal health losses on Irish cattle farms or structural analysis of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions across production systems.
Funding Details: European Commission Horizon 2020
Funding Details: Projekt DEAL
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer Nature
Journal: Irish Veterinary Journal
Volume: 75
Start page: 1
End page: 11
Copyright (published version): 2022 the Authors
Keywords: LivestockCattleHerd typeIrelandHerd classificationDairyBeefProduction
DOI: 10.1186/s13620-022-00212-x
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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