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Quantifying Sources of Dairy Farm Business Risk and Implications for Risk Management Strategies

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  • Chang, Hung-Hao
  • Schmit, Todd M.
  • Boisvert, Richard N.
  • Tauer, Loren W.

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Major sources of variability in net farm income on New York dairy farms over the past 10 years are identified using variance decomposition methods. The most important source of income variability is the fluctuation in milk prices, followed closely by year-to-year variation in the quantity of purchased feeds. The degree of success in engaging in activities that increase diversification and lead to variance reductions in farm income are higher for older farmers and for those that utilize milking parlors, use recombinant bovine somatotropin, have greater assets per cow, and have engaged in activities to earn income from off-farm sources.

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Paper provided by Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management in its series Working Papers with number 127012.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ags:cudawp:127012

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Keywords: Livestock Production/Industries; Risk and Uncertainty;

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  1. Dismukes, Robert & Durst, Ron L., 2006. "Whole-Farm Approaches to a Safety Net," Economic Information Bulletin 33893, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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  1. Schmit, Todd M. & Chang, Hung-Hao & Boisvert, Richard N. & Tauer, Loren W., 2007. "Quantifying the Contributions to Dairy Farm Business Risk: Implications for Producer's Risk Management Strategies," EB Series 121879, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
  2. El Benni, Nadja & Finger, Robert, 2012. "Where is the risk? Price, yield and cost risk in Swiss crop production," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 126758, International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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