Research centre for animal production
Research centre for animal production


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The Research Centre for Animal Production (CRPA) has been founded as a public institute in 1971 with the specific task to co-ordinate research and extension service programs on animal production in the region Emilia-Romagna. During the eighties, the Centre started to expand its activities carrying out research programs itself. Most of the activities of the Centre has applied research directed to farmers and the processing industry. Research results are being disseminated by national agricultural reviews and own institute leaflets. The Centre employs 30 researchers, 10 technicians and 5 persons involved in administration and is organised in eight research units : agronomy, environment, economics, livestock production (cattle and pig husbandry), software development, machinery and farm buildings.
The current research topics are :

  • The profitability of pig, dairy, beef and poultry farms in the Po- Valley
  • Economic aspects of environmental problems caused by intensive animal production
  • Profitability analysis of cheese dairies
  • Economic performance and strategies of Parma ham firms
  • The economics of PDO and PGI products
  • Analysis of the interaction between rural development policies and farmer's initiatives
  • Economic analysis of quality assurance schemes in the beef industry.

CRPA research is involved in many research projects at regional and at the European level. It has contributed to the regional product specifications of Romagnola beef and castrated lamb, to the estimates of the production costs for the main animal products for representative farm typologies, to the development of farm management software programs to the evaluation of value added in the supply chain of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Parma ham.
Actually the Research participates as a associated contractor in the EU project: "The Socio-Economic Impact of Rural Development Policies: Realities and Potentials" (FAIR CT98-4288) which has the general aim to assess and quantify the potential socio-economic impact of new rural development processes within the EU.



K. de Roest, E. Corradini
Positive moment for the pig sector (in Italian) , Informatore Agrario, n. 14

K. de Roest, F. Torelli
Marketing red meat in the Europan union : extending option, FAIR CT FA S2 98-9093 downloaded the document in PDF

K. de Roest
The comparison of production costs of industrial milk in Europe (in Italian), Informatore Agrario, LVI (39)

K. de Roest
The production of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese : the force of an artisanal system in an industrialised world, Van Gorcum, Assen p.279.

K. de Roest, M. Dufour
The interrelationships between the PDO product specification, ilts link to the terroir and its technological development in : The socio-economics of origin labelled products in agrifood supply chains, INRA, Actes et Comunications, 17-2, p.295-308.

K. de Roest
The dynamics of the Parmigiano-Reggiano production system in: The socio-economics of origin labelled products in agrifood supply chains, INRA, Actes et Communications, n.17-1, p.271-286.

K. de Roest
Interrelationships between nitrogen balances and technical and structural characteristics of dairy farms in Northern Italy, in: Agricultural data for Life Cycle Assessments, Report 2.00.01 Volume 1, Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI), The Hague.

K. de Roest
Interrelationships between the economic efficiency and the nitrogen balance of dairy farms (in Italian) Agribusiness, Paesaggio e Ambiente 3 (1999), n.1-2.

K. de Roest, E. Corradini
The italian pig sector and production costs of the heavy pig (in Italian) Informatore Agrario, n.17.

K. de Roest, L. Gazzola, A.Menghi
Effects of economic instruments for nitrogen control on the income distribution in the EU in: Economic instruments for nitrogen control in European agriculture, CLM, Utrecht, The Netherlands

K. de Roest
The analysis of sub supply chains with the Parmigiano-Reggiano production system (In Italian), Il Latte, August 1998

K. de Roest, E. Corradini
The italian pig sector and production costs of the heavy pig (in Italian) Informatore Agrario, n.17.

K. de Roest , E. Corradini, G. Fornaciari
The processing costs of milk in Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese dairies (in Italian), Agricoltura, n. 7/8.

K. de Roest
Economic and technical aspects of the relationship between product quality and regional specific conditions within the Parmigiano-Reggiano livestock farming system, in: Livestock farming systems, More than food production, EAAP Publication No.89.

K. de Roest
The economic aspects of the application of organic farming in animal production (in Italian), Paper presented at the SANA Fair, Bologna, September 1996 and published in Caseus, Potenza, n.1. 1997 and UNALAT Informa, n. 32.

K. de Roest
Some economic characteristics of the Italian dairy system in: The influence of native flora on the characteristics of cheeses with "appellation d'origine protégée" (AOP) made from raw milk, CT94-2039 Concerted Action plenary meeting, Consorzio Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano, Reggio Emilia, June. Roest, G. Fornaciari, E. Corradini
The production and processing costs of milk in Emilia-Romagna, CRPA-Notizie Regione Emilia-Romagna.

K. de Roest, G. Fornaciari, M. Ligabue, P.Vecchia
Dans la vallée du Pô: du foin de luzerne gage de qualité pour le Parmesan, Revue Fourrages , n.143.

K. de Roest, G.Fornaciari
Dairy farm strategies in the quota regime (in Italian) Informatore Agrario.

K. de Roest, E. Corradini
Technical efficiency in pig reproduction (in Italian), Rivista di Suinicoltura, n.7.

K. de Roest
Food quality labelling in Italy in: Greening the CAP, Institute for European Environmental Policy, London and Centre for Agriculture and Environment, Utrecht, July.