Environmental effectiveness of the cross compliance Standard 4.6 ‘Minimum livestock stocking rates and/or appropriate regimens’

  • Lucia Sepe | lucia.sepe@crea.gov.it CREA-ZOE Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Extensive Animal Husbandry, Italy.
  • Mauro Salis CREA-AAM Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agro-pastoral Systems in Mediterranean Environment, Italy.
  • Rosa Francaviglia CREA-RPS Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Soil-Plant System studies, Italy.
  • Marco Fedrizzi CREA-ING Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agricultural Engineering, Italy.
  • Antonio Melchiorre Carroni CREA-AAM Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agro-pastoral Systems in Mediterranean Environment, Italy.
  • Emilio Sabia CREA-ZOE Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Extensive Animal Husbandry, Italy.
  • Annarita Bruno CREA-ZOE Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Extensive Animal Husbandry, Italy.
  • Domenico Rufrano CREA-ZOE Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Extensive Animal Husbandry, Italy.
  • Paola Ruda CREA-AAM Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agro-pastoral Systems in Mediterranean Environment, Italy.
  • Maria Teresa Dell'Abate CREA-RPS Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Soil-Plant System studies, Italy.
  • Alberto Alianello CREA-RPS Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Soil-Plant System studies, Italy.
  • Marco Veloccia CREA-RPS Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Soil-Plant System studies, Italy.
  • Olimpia Masetti CREA-RPS Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Soil-Plant System studies, Italy.
  • Gianluca Renzi CREA-RPS Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Soil-Plant System studies, Italy.
  • Roberto Fanigliulo CREA-ING Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agricultural Engineering, Italy.
  • Mauro Pagano CREA-ING Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agricultural Engineering, Italy.
  • Giulio Sperandio CREA-ING Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agricultural Engineering, Italy.
  • Mirko Guerrieri CREA-ING Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agricultural Engineering, Italy.
  • Daniele Puri CREA-ING Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Agricultural Engineering, Italy.
  • Salvatore Claps CREA-ZOE Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Unit for Extensive Animal Husbandry, Italy.

Abstract

The paper presents the main results of the monitoring on the effectiveness of the cross compliance Standard 4.6 ‘Minimum livestock stocking rates and/or appropriate regimes’ carried out in two case studies within the project MO.NA.CO: sheep grazing in medium-rich pastures in southern Apennines and in the plain of Sardinia, Italy. The monitoring involved aspects related to soil, flora, livestock and economics (competitiveness differential). The study showed, although in the short term, that the minimum stocking rate 0.2 LU/ha/year was not effective and, conversely, the effectiveness of the maximum level of stocking rate (4 LU/ha) for the maintenance of the habitat. The generalization in applying minimum and maximum rate, not taking into account the climatic conditions, forage resources or farming system (including the species of grazing animal) may lead to a serious nullification of the conditions of the Standard. The authors recommend to identify homogeneous areas and eligible specific stocking rates from all Italian regions, also considering the animal species.

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2015-12-02
Keywords:
Cross-compliance, rural development, standard 4.6, minimum livestock stocking rate, competitiveness.
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Sepe, L., Salis, M., Francaviglia, R., Fedrizzi, M., Carroni, A., Sabia, E., Bruno, A., Rufrano, D., Ruda, P., Dell’Abate, M., Alianello, A., Veloccia, M., Masetti, O., Renzi, G., Fanigliulo, R., Pagano, M., Sperandio, G., Guerrieri, M., Puri, D., & Claps, S. (2015). Environmental effectiveness of the cross compliance Standard 4.6 ‘Minimum livestock stocking rates and/or appropriate regimens’. Italian Journal of Agronomy, 10(1s). https://doi.org/10.4081/ija.2015.715

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