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Scale Neutrality Of Bovine Somatotropin: Ex Ante Evidence From The Southeast


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  • Kinnucan, Henry W.
  • Hatch, L. Upton
  • Molnar, Joseph J.
  • Venkateswaran, Meenakshi


Bovine somatotropin (BST), a new technology capable of enhancing a cow's ability to produce milk by 7-23 percent, is expected to be available for commercial use soon. Ex ante survey procedures are used to determine the potential effect of BST on the size distribution of dairy farms in the Southeast. Results of logit analysis indicate a positive link between farm size and (1) farmers' knowledge of BST and (2) intentions to adopt early, suggesting BST will not be scale neutral. An estimated "price elasticity" of -1.8 to -2.1 indicates an elastic demand for the input. Price, therefore, may be an effective instrument for attenuating the scale bias.

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Article provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 22 (1990)
Issue (Month): 02 (December)

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Handle: RePEc:ags:sojoae:29997

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Keywords: Livestock Production/Industries;


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  1. Just, Richard E & Zilberman, David, 1983. "Stochastic Structure, Farm Size and Technology Adoption in Developing Agriculture," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 35(2), pages 307-28, July.
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  1. Stefanides, Zdenko & Tauer, Loren W., 1998. "The Empirical Impact Of Bovine Somatotropin On A Group Of New York Dairy Farms," 1998 Annual meeting, August 2-5, Salt Lake City, UT 20888, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  2. McBride, William D. & Short, Sara D. & El-Osta, Hisham S., 2002. "Production And Financial Impacts Of The Adoption Of Bovine Somatotropin On U.S. Dairy Farms," 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA 19908, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  3. Tauer, Loren W. & Kaiser, Harry M., 1990. "Optimal Agricultural Policy with Biotechnology: Bovine Somatotropin and the Dairy Sector," Staff Papers 121536, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
  4. Gillespie, Jeffrey M. & Lewis, Darius, 2008. "Processor Willingness to Adopt a Crawfish Peeling Machine: An Application of Technology Adoption under Uncertainty," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 40(01), April.
  5. El-Osta, Hisham S. & Morehart, Mitchell J., 1999. "Technology Adoption Decisions In Dairy Production And The Role Of Herd Expansion," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 28(1), April.
  6. McGuirk, Anya M. & Preston, Warren P. & Jones, Gerald M., 1992. "Introducing Foods Produced Using Biotechnology: The Case Of Bovine Somatotropin," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 24(01), July.


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