WIT Press

Method For Measuring Sustainability In Dairy Farming

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ECO010071

Volume

46

Pages

10

Published

2001

Size

1,069 kb

Copyright

WIT Press

Author(s)

K.J. van Calker, P.B.M. Berentsen, G.W.J. Giesen & R.B.M. Huirne

Abstract

Method for measuring sustainability in dairy farming K.J. van Calked, P.B.M. Berentsen*, G.WJ. Giesen* & R.B.M. Huirne' *Farm Management Group, Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands ^Research Station for Cattle Husbandry, Lelystad, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands Abstract The aim of this paper is to present a method for use in measuring sustainability in dairy farming. In this paper the methodological aspects are discussed in stepwise fashion. The first step is to introduce an outline for an analysis scheme of sustainability in dairy farming. The second step is to extend the analysis scheme to consider a wide range of possible attributes relating to sustainability of dairy farming. This is done using experts and/or interest groups for each specific aspect of sustainability. To prevent the method from becoming too complex and data intensive, in step 3 the same experts and interest groups as in step 2 are asked to s

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