Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jeremy Robert Franks,
Professor Philip Lowe,
Professor Jeremy Phillipson,
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A survey of farm households in Cumbria shows that foot and mouth disease (FMD) caused a 60% fall in revenue from traditional farm enterprises, a 17% reduction in earnings from diversified activities and a 15% fall in salaries from off-farm employment. Costs fell by 32%, leaving a net shortfall of u41,840. When analysed by farms which had had stock culled and those that had not, the net shortfall was u51,516 and u15,235, respectively. Despite these losses, all but one farmer intended to continue farming and restock. Many also recognised the need to rebalance their income portfolio. In future fewer stock will be farmed, and more farmers will enrol in agri-environment schemes, diversify enterprises and work off-farm. Diversification will remain more popular than working off-farm despite being more affected by FMD. These findings suggest that an increasing proportion of farm households will benefit from any switch in agricultural subsidies to support rural development and the provision of public-good benefits and the countryside-upon which so much of Cumbria's service sector depends. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Franks J, Lowe P, Phillipson J, Scott C
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Land Use Policy
ISSN (print): 0264-8377
ISSN (electronic): 1873-5754
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