3. Empirical dimensions of family livestock farms in Bulgaria

Author: Todorka Atanassova-Kalaydzhieva


The family farm is one of the leading organizational forms of agricultural production in the economies of many countries. It has a decisive place in the production and satisfaction of the needs of the market with agricultural products. The family business in the livestock sector of Bulgaria is represented by market-oriented, family farms, which we consider as open systems. In them, through the production of animal products, not only the needs of the owner and his family are satisfied, but mainly the animal products are intended for market realization. The aim is to reveal the main features of the family livestock farm with a market orientation, specialized in the production of sheep products, based on the results of our own empirical research of selected typical family farms in Bulgaria.

Key words: family farm, animal husbandry, system, dimensions