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Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 7  |  Issue: 12  |  Page No.: 1583 - 1588

A Case Study on Economic Classification of Small Ruminant Farms in Turkey

Gulsen Keskin, Ilkay Dellal, F. Fusun Talidil and Gursel Dellal    

Abstract: Livestock farming in Turkey is generally small-scale family enterprise, carried out in the vast majority of cases. There are 25 million small ruminants in Turkey and it is an important income resource of farms. Approximately, one third of national flock (33 %) is located in South Eastern Anatolia region. In this study, it was determined that the economic size of small ruminant farms in Sanliurfa province of Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, which has the 14.6% of small ruminant number of the region and compared with EU small ruminant farms. The data, which was used in this study obtained from survey result, which was conducted by researches in Sanliurfa province and Farm Data Network System (FADN) in Europen Union (EU). According to research results, average economic size of the farms is 7.61 ESU. The ESU values of the 55% of the EU farms and 93% of the studied farms are smaller than 16 ESU. Other important differences between the studied farms and EU farms are land size and the differences between farm gross margins resulting from subsidies.

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