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The Potential Effects of Climate Change on the Productivity of U.S. Dairies

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  • Sneeringer, Stacy E.
  • Key, Nigel D.

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Climate change could affect the costs and returns of livestock production by altering the thermal environment of animals thereby affecting animal health, reproduction, and the efficiency by which livestock convert feed into retained products (especially meat and milk). In the United States, concentrated livestock operations are located in a variety of climatic regions, suggesting that the industry could adapt to future changes in temperature and weather patterns resulting from global warming. However, this adaption could be costly. We use nationally representative data on dairy producers coupled with finely-scaled climate data to empirically examine how producers’ costs, returns, and production systems vary across U.S. regions as a function of the local climate.

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  • Sneeringer, Stacy E. & Key, Nigel D., 2012. "The Potential Effects of Climate Change on the Productivity of U.S. Dairies," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 125045, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    1. Key, Nigel D. & Sneeringer, Stacy & Marquardt, David, 2014. "Climate Change, Heat Stress, and U.S. Dairy Production," Economic Research Report 186731, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    2. Heesun, Jang & Xiaodong, Du, 2014. "Spatiotemporal Analysis of Dairy Farm Productivity, Size, and Entry-Exit in the US," 2014 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2014, Minneapolis, Minnesota 169824, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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    livestock; climate change; dairy; temperature-humidity index; Environmental Economics and Policy; Livestock Production/Industries;

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