Based on single farm data, we apply the cluster analysis in order to build a typology for dairy farms of the Swiss canton of Fribourg. The three resulting farm groups are then assessed with regard to their dynamics i.e. their ability to adapt. The largest group of dairy farms is highly dynamic. They have increased their size in the past and plan further expansion in the future. Although the farms of the second group are in rather good structural condition, they show limited dynamics. Most of them pasture their cows on alpine farms in summer. An extremely limited dynamics characterizes the third group. Consequently, the future raw milk price reductions will represent a serious challenge for them.
Employment in the agricultural sector is declining in many European countries, especially in livestock farming. Direct payments can counter this trend and lead to the employment of more – especially female – family members on the farm.
Despite the current challenges of e.g. the war in Ukraine and climate change, the Swiss food sector is relatively resilient. This is the conclusion reached by Agroscope’s report on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for National Economic Supply.
The pandemic has influenced not only our everyday life but also our behaviour. Agroscope looked at which population groups and behaviours experienced or underwent particularly significant changes, and what this means for our health.