Typology of Management of Transhumant Sheep and Goat Farms in Greece: Proposals for the System Continuity

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  •   A. Siasiou

  •   C. Karelakis

  •   K. Galanopoulos

  •   I. Mitsopoulos

  •   V. Lagka

Abstract

Transhumant farming system is one of the earliest agricultural activities in Greece having an important role in the conservation of biodiversity, the preservation of rural tradition and cohesion of the rural population. The objective of this study was to construct a transhumant farm typology that could be used as a tool by the decision makers or farmers to improve the management of the farms. The required information was obtained from totally 551 Greek transhumant producers. A Principal Component Analysis gave five components related to the production cost of the farms, the intensity of management, the evolution of the extensive character of the system, the type of herds and the future of the system. Using multivariate techniques, a farm typology was established with four categories. The three categories, were characterized by lower production cost and intensification rate while preserved generally a more extensive character. Among them the first group defined as “evolution of the farming system” bred mainly sheep and producers were significantly more adaptive to some kind of innovations, the second group was constituted mainly by large goat herds while the third one by small sheep herds’. The fourth group, defined as the “intensive one” meaning high production cost, intensification rate and working hours per female as well as limitation of time spent grazing. Besides the definition of the character of the transhumance nowadays the results interestingly, highlighted the future of transhumant farms that tends to be doubtful for a number of farmers originated mainly by the last group.


Keywords: extensive farming system, grazing intensification

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Siasiou, A., Karelakis, C., Galanopoulos, K., Mitsopoulos, I., & Lagka, V. (2021). Typology of Management of Transhumant Sheep and Goat Farms in Greece: Proposals for the System Continuity. European Journal of Agriculture and Food Sciences, 3(1), 84-89. https://doi.org/10.24018/ejfood.2021.3.1.228