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1617: Large scale livestock systems

This paper is summarised from a report prepared for the Worshipful Company of Farmers and the RASE, ‘Can big be beautiful? - the relationship between size of unit and sustainability in housed livestock systems’. The authors of the report were David Alvis, Winstone Agribusiness Consulting

Year of Publication2012

There are undoubtedly risks associated with increasing scale in intensive livestock production, but the judicious use of technology and effective risk management are key to capturing the clear commercial benefits that exist. Also there is space for a diversity of production systems within the UK that can exploit our broad resource base and deliver solutions that will benefit UK agriculture, consumers, and the wider economy. However, engaging positively with consumers and the wider community to enable that process to develop, unencumbered by the views of single issue groups, is potentially the most significant immediate challenge facing the industry.

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