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A Farm Level Evaluation of a New Twinning Technology in Beef Cattle


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  • Farquharson, Robert J.
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    This article describes a farm level case study evaluation of a new beef production technology. The evaluation was undertaken as input into a technical research project aimed at developing farm level management strategies to facilitate use of the twinning technology when it becomes commercially available. The evaluation includes budgeting methods and a Linear Programming analysis. A risk analysis was also conducted in which key factors are varied stochastically and the resulting distributions of activity gross margins compared. The analysis shows that twinning could potentially improve the returns to intensive beef production systems, depending importantly on the level and variability of weaning percentage.

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    Article provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its journal Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 59 (1991)
    Issue (Month): 01 (April)

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:remaae:12461

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    Keywords: Livestock Production/Industries;


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    1. Alford, Andrew R. & Griffith, Garry R. & Davies, Lloyd, 2003. "Livestock Farming Systems in the Northern Tablelands of NSW: An Economic Analysis," Research Reports 28005, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Research Economists.
    2. Alford, Andrew R. & Griffith, Garry R. & Cacho, Oscar J., 2003. "Farm-level Economic Evaluation of Net Feed Efficiency in Australia’s Southern Beef Cattle Production System: A Multi-period Linear Programming Approach," 2003 Conference (47th), February 12-14, 2003, Fremantle, Australia 57826, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    3. Alford, Andrew R. & Griffith, Garry R. & Cacho, Oscar J., 2003. "A Northern Tablelands Whole-Farm Linear Program for Economic Evaluation of New Technologies at the Farm-Level," Research Reports 28010, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Research Economists.


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