Vol. 8 No. 3 (2019)
Short Communications

Competitiveness of cattle breeding in Switzerland: the value of policies enabling informed decisions

Stefan Mann
Agroscope
Published November 9, 2020
Keywords
  • Switzerland,
  • Cattle,
  • Breeding,
  • Information economics
How to Cite
Mann, S. (2020). Competitiveness of cattle breeding in Switzerland: the value of policies enabling informed decisions. Bio-Based and Applied Economics, 8(3), 325-334. https://doi.org/10.13128/bae-9748

Abstract

Using the case of of Swiss Brown Cattle breeding, this paper develops the hypothesis that a two-angle strategy of fostering competition and providing maximum access to information is promising for states to attain high competitiveness on a national level. Abandoning the monopoly on bull sperm while subsidising classifications of animals in order to provide a maximum base of knowledge helped to increase Switzerland’s self-sufficiency in Brown Cattle sperm from under 50 to almost 100 per cent.

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