Livestock predators in areas means additional costs for the farming business even if they do not suffer from attacks, according to a new report from SLU. Today, companies no compensation for these indirect costs, and in an article in >>>SvD advocates authors a flat-rate payment for all agricultural livestock enterprises in the predator area.
In Sweden there is a significant willingness to pay for conservation of protected predators, but preservation costs are very unevenly distributed in the population.
Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) was commissioned by the Ministry for Rural Affairs investigated rural business costs predation. The assignment includes not only the direct costs of dead and injured animals, but also indirect costs such as lost animals, stressed animals with lower reproduction and poorer growth, extra work and loss of environmental aid for pastures. There are no previous Swedish study of these indirect costs.
Forskarna föreslår att lantbrukarnas indirekta kostnader kompenseras med en schablonersättning baserad på antalet djur i besättningen. Denna schablonersättning kan ges både till djurhållare som haft angrepp och till djurhållare som inte haft angrepp men som befinner sig i rovdjurstäta områden.
Fullständig rapport som PDF. elofsson_et_al_150825