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dc.contributor.authorBuckley, Cathalen
dc.contributor.authorvan Rensburg, Thomas M.en
dc.identifier.citationBuckley C., van Rensburg, T., M., & Hynes S. (2008) "Farming on commonage is it a constraint to recreational access" (Working Paper No. 0130) Department of Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway.en
dc.description.abstractCommonage in the Republic of Ireland has traditionally been used for agricultural activity, mainly livestock grazing. In recent times due to its prevailing common property characteristics and upland landscape, this resource is increasingly attracting the interest of recreational enthusiasts. However, the potential opportunity costs associated with recreation ¿ namely the commercial value of sheep and cattle grazing on commonage remains to be investigated. This paper aims to fill this gap in the literature by analysing the agricultural returns from livestock rearing enterprises on commonage land for a sample of farmers in the west of Ireland. Results indicate that stocking rates are three times higher on privately owned land compared to shared commonage. Over 80 per cent of the farms in the sample had a gross margin under ¿20,000. In total, 96 per cent of gross margin was found to be attributable to Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments; with area based payments twice as important as direct livestock subsidies.en
dc.publisherNational University of Ireland, Galwayen
dc.subjectCommon propertyen
dc.subjectReturns to agricultureen
dc.titleFarming on commonage is it a constraint to recreational accessen
dc.typeWorking Paperen

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