Economic effect evaluation of rearing sheep of the Copper-red Shumen breed

Stanimira Slavova1, Genoveva Staykova2, Staika Laleva1, Yovka Popova1, Petya Slavova1
1Agricultural Institute, 6009 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
2Agricultural Institute, 9700 Shumen, Bulgaria


Slavova, S., Staykova, G., Laleva, S., Popova, Y. & Slavova, P. (2020). Economic effect evaluation of rearing sheep of the Copper-red Shumen breed. Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science, 26(4), 726–730

The purpose of the present research is to examine the economic effect of rearing Copper-red Shumen sheep. Subject of the study is a flock under selection control, as the economic data refers to the period from 2015 to 2017. Sheep are kept in stall-pasture regime at semi-intensive productive system. Feeds are of own production and the ewes are milked by hand. Revenues and costs have been evaluated at current market prices. Profit per ewe and cost-efficiency have been calculated as indicators of the economic effect of production. Data has been provided by the farmer and the accountancy of the farm. Production costs far exceed gross production, which is an indication of the insufficient level of productivity in the farm. Subsidies have the highest relative share of the total revenues – 60.36% on average, i.e. economic results strongly depend on their size. Cost-efficiency rate averages 52.89%, so that sheep farming is effective according to the particular parameters of the conducted study. There is a negative trend in profit with subsidies per ewe – from BGN 123.42 to BGN 68.60, mainly as a result of the growing production costs.

Кеywords: sheep farms; costs; revenues; profitability

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