Sunday, October 24

Time to discuss what predator policy costs. Who pays the bill?

The grazing resources in the gardens in the area correspond to a feeding base for 400,000 sheep that graze during the summer, or for some 80,000 young heifers, according to one estimate, according to the authors of the post.

Much of the costs are borne by the agricultural industry, without compensation.

This is a discussion post. Opinions in the text are the responsibility of the writer.

The Wolf Zone includes the entirety of Østfold, Follo and Oslo, as well as the areas east of Glomma and north of Engerdal. Here, the state will achieve its goals of raising wolves. Here, too, other game animals have been hired largely free of charge. Not surprisingly, many people talk about a predatory game reserve.

Grazing in the gardens in the wolf zone is no longer used in practice. Few talk about what it means economically.

It’s time to discuss what the predator policy costs and who pays the bill.

We lead the Norwegian Farmers Association county teams that are located in the wolf zone. We would like to point out that a large part of the costs is borne by the agricultural industry, without compensation.

A pure closing strategy

In 2018, the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy (Nibio) carried out an assessment of the quality of grazing of the entire wolf zone (the report Grazing in the wolf zone).

This survey shows that the grazing resources in the gardens of the area correspond to a feeding base for 400,000 sheep that graze during the summer, or for some 80,000 young heifers.

The values ​​of these grazing resources are estimated at NOK 100 million. These are values ​​that are lost to agriculture in the wolf zone every year.

At the same time, the administration is actively prioritizing grazing in the area. The Norwegian Environment Agency states this in plain text in its assignment letter to the State Administrator in 2021:

“Increased sheep grazing in areas prioritized by predators should not be encouraged. To contribute to clearer management of the area, funds for preventive and conflict mitigation measures will normally be prioritized so that the focus is on herds. that do not contribute to increased numbers of grazing animals in areas prioritized by predators. Likewise, newly established sheep grazing in priority areas of predatory hunting will be given low priority. “

This is a pure closing strategy. Interestingly, it encompasses the regional priorities of investment funds to strengthen agriculture in the interior. And it works: the aforementioned Nibio report shows some establishment of sheep in fenced pasture within the field, but that sheep in pasture in the gardens have moved into the wolf zone.

Has never been compensated

The loss of grazing rights, which is part of the property right, has never been compensated for by agricultural properties within the wolf zone.

By establishing the Regionfelt Østlandet military training and shooting range, the Armed Forces had to exchange grazing rights in the area.

The grazing users within the wolf zone are not willing to be bought from the grazing right forever. But they stand firm. today with an annual loss of earning potential due to the policies followed.

The state has cleared the bill without a host. Grazing users in the wolf zone lose millions of value each year because grazing in gardens is unusable. The compensation in crowns and øre should be a completely natural consequence of imposing such a strong restriction on business in large areas.

Big waste of food

Grazing in gardens is a favorable way to feed ruminants. It represents sustainable food production based on Norwegian resources.

In recent agricultural settlements, subsidies for grazing in gardens have increased. It emphasizes that this is a desired form of operation on the part of society. From a social perspective, we cannot allow such a great waste of food, since it implies taking these resources out of production.

The following are behind the post:

Ole-Kristian Bergerud, leader of Østfold Bondelag

Jens Thori Kogstad, leader of Akershus Bondelag

Elisabeth gjems, leader of Innlandet Bondelag

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