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A Profitability Analysis Of Dairy Feeding Systems In The Northeast


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  • Winsten, Jonathan R.
  • Parsons, Robert L.
  • Hanson, Gregory D.
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    This study analyzes the use and profitability of three distinct feeding systems; confinement feeding, traditional grazing, and management-intensive grazing from a randomly selected sample of northeastern dairy farms. The confinement feeding farms were significantly larger and produced more milk per cow, while the farms using management-intensive grazing incurred the lowest production costs. Both confinement feeding and management-intensive grazing generated significantly higher rates of return to farm assets relative to farms using a mixed system. Multiple regression analysis confirms the critical importance of herd size, milk production per cow, debt level and veterinary expenses to farm profitability in all production systems.

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    Article provided by Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association in its journal Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 2 (October)

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:31299

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    Keywords: Livestock Production/Industries;


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    1. Haden, Kimberly L. & Johnson, Larry A., 1989. "Factors Which Contribute To The Financial Performance Of Selected Tennessee Dairies," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 21(01), July.
    2. Kauffman, Jonas B., III & Tauer, Loren W., 1986. "Successful Dairy Farm Management Strategies Indentified By Stochastic Dominance Analyses Of Farm Records," Northeastern Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 15(2), October.
    3. Ford, Stephen A. & Shonkwiler, John Scott, 1994. "The Effect Of Managerial Ability On Farm Financial Success," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 23(2), October.
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    1. Wang, Qiuyan, 2001. "A Technical Efficiency Analysis Of Pennsylvania Dairy Farms," 2001 Annual meeting, August 5-8, Chicago, IL 20662, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).


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