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Research Call

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DAFM Award

DAFM National Call 2011 11 S 146 Teagasc (UCD) € 188,035

Project Title:

Profitable dry stock enterprise development: Pathways to growth

Project Coordinator:

Dr. David Meredith

Project Abstract

Dry stock, specifically cattle production, remains the dominant form of farming in Ireland, this is despite the fact that returns to most farmers engaged in beef production are relatively low, if not negative, even when one allows for the recent increases in market returns. The sector is characterised by its heterogeneous nature with significant differences in the scale, structure, degree of specialisation, intensity, combination with other farm and non-farm economic activities. The Food Harvest 2020 strategy has set ambitious targets for the cattle sector, specifically a 20 percent increase in the value of beef output. It also calls for measures to consider the best route to viability for the largest possible number of beef farmers. If these targets are to be achieved, research is first required to identify ways of improving farm profitability. The study takes as its departure point the heterogeneous nature of dry stock production and the need for targeted initiatives to support the development and enhanced viability of different types of cattle enterprises. Applying interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches, this research aims to develop a typology of beef enterprises in Ireland, evaluate the implication for the sector of contemporary and potential policy and market development, identify and evaluate sources of variation in costs associated with different groups of farm enterprises and assess means of increasing returns to each type of farm enterprise group through enhanced technical efficiency and adoption of new or novel technologies.

Final Report:

Not available yet.