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The competitive viability of agriculture, especially sheep farming, in the Swiss mountain areas


, : The competitive viability of agriculture, especially sheep farming, in the Swiss mountain areas. Forum Kleinwiederkauer ( 6): 4-6;7-9

In Swiss full time and main time mountain farms cattle provide the main source of income. Sheep have merely been a source of supplementary earnings for full or spare time farms and are not able to provide a livelihood on their own. Sheep, however. offer a sustainable and environmentally desirable land use which can make use of spare labour and existing buildings under new agricultural policies. An optimal policy for a diversified mountain agriculture will seek to guide structural change.

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