Title

Breeding technologies in U.S. meat goat production: Who are the adopters and how does adoption impact productivity?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2015

Abstract

Copyright 2015 Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association. Adoption of advanced breeding technologies and management practices (BTMP) in U.S. meat goat production and their impact were examined. Adopters generally had larger-scale operations, used rotational grazing and/or dry lot systems, and sold larger percentages of animals for breeding and show purposes. Farmer demographics and farm variables also influenced adoption. Complementarity of adoption was found-adopters of one BTMP tended to adopt other BTMPs. Measures of productivity and profitability were not affected by adoption. Goat breed, farmer experience, production system used, and specialization influenced productivity, and farm size had the greatest influence on enterprise profitability.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Agricultural and Resource Economics Review

First Page

315

Last Page

339

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