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An economic assessment of ecological practices in Scotland

Shrestha, Shailesh; Thompson, Bethan; Toma, Luiza; Ferreira, Joana; Barnes, Andrew

Early adoption of ecological management practices by farmers is a potential route to achieving sustainable and greener goals for agriculture. This briefing note outlines an economic assessment of four different ecological practices on Scottish livestock farms. The ecological practices used are; ecological area, reducing farm inputs, organic adoption and agro-forestry.

The results suggest that ecological area and reduced farm inputs have potential financial benefits on farms and can be easily adopted by farmers. The organic and agro-forestry systems, however, require capital investment to establish and hence provide a challenging prospect of adoption without a provision of financial support

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