Analysis of the Impacts of Different Agrarian Policy Scenarios on the Profitability of Grassland Management in Water Protection Areas by Use of a Farm Planning Programme

MANFRED BATHKE

Published: 29.04.2003  〉 Jahrgang 53 (2003), Heft 4 (von 8)  〉 Resort: Articles 
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ABSTRACT

The present study is based on micro-simulations on the farm level (7 dairy farms in Lower Saxony). It shows the effect of transformation of livestock premiums in hectare premiums on the profitability of grassland management. The following scenarios were analysed: Introduction of a grassland premium (77 €/ha), increase of the grassland premium to 179 €/ha and abolition of the maize premium, uniform area premium (307 €/ha), combination model (crop premium 307 €/ha, grassland premium 205 €/ha, dropping of all animal premiums except for the milk and bull premiums). The calculations show, that a grassland premium of 77 €/ha would not lead to any considerable adjustment reactions. The simultaneous dropping of the maize premium and the increase in the grassland premium (179 €/ha) would lead to small advantages for the grassland economy. A uniform hectare premium (307 €/ha) would lead to strong income redistributions between the examined enterprises (up to +/-50 €/ha). Loss of grassland on favourable sites would continue. On unfavourable sites grassland fallow would considerably increase. The combination model would lead to less serious income redistributions. Taking along effects on marginally used grassland and the rise of land rental prices would be less pronounced. Grassland fallow will not have any significant effects on the quality of the groundwater recharge. With regards to nature conservation aims substantial problems will arise, since the extensive use of pasture will not be partially financed any more through animal premiums.
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Dipl.-Ing. agr. MANFRED BATHKE, Alte Herrenhäuser Straße 32, D-30419 Hannover, Tel. : 0175/8218335, Fax: 0511/757054 (E-Mail: BathkeM@aol.com).
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