Modelling the mitigation mix: faecal microbes, economic constraints and sustainable land management
AbstractConventional livestock farming provides consumers with cheap and reliable sources of milk and meat. Yet the inevitable by-product, i.e. livestock faecal matter, represents a potential source of pathogenic microorganisms. This paper applies the Faecal Indicator Organisms Costing Assessment Tool (FIOCAT), which was designed as part of the RELU project ‘sustainable and holistic food chains for recycling livestock waste to land’, to examine the costs associated with mitigation methods that may inhibit pathogenic transfers to water. FIO-CAT is comprised of three interrelated models: the economic dairy management (EDM) model, the farm business survey (FBS) model and the manure, infrastructure and environment (MIE) model. Specifically, it models dairy, and cattle and sheep farms in the River Taw catchment in South West England and determines the economic impact that mitigation methods have on farm businesses. However, the inherent complexity associated with heterogeneous landscapes confounds the likelihood that a single management strategy will provide complete protection of receiving waters from microbial contamination.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Agricultural Economics Society in its series 83rd Annual Conference, March 30-April 1, 2009, Dublin, Ireland with number 50939.
Date of creation: 01 Apr 2009
Date of revision:
Cost mitigation; cost tool; microbial organisms; whole farm modelling; diffuse pollution; Land Economics/Use;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Butler, Allan J. & Turner, Martin M., 2007. "Modelling Integrated Dairy Systems In The UK: Towards Economic and Environmental Sustainability," 81st Annual Conference, April 2-4, 2007, Reading University 7978, Agricultural Economics Society.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (AgEcon Search).
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.