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Adoption of Total Mixed Ration Practice and Profitability: The Case of Ontario Dairy Farms

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dc.contributor.advisor Hailu, Getu
dc.contributor.author Zheng, Yi
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-06T18:46:06Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-06T18:46:06Z
dc.date.copyright 2013-04
dc.date.created 2013-04-24
dc.date.issued 2013-05-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/6619
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines determinants of the adoption of total mixed ration (TMR), and the effects of the adoption of TMR on the farm level productivity and profitability of Ontario dairy farms. A sample of 320 farm level data from 2004-2008 is taken from the Ontario Dairy Farm Accounting Project (ODFAP). A probit model is estimated to examine the factors affecting the adoption of TMR; and the propensity score matching analysis is used to explore the influence of the use of TMR on sample farm’s productivity and profitability. Results from the probit model show that farmer’s age, herd size, region, breed type and feeding system have significant effect on the adoption of TMR. In turn, the adoption of TMR feeding practice has positive influence on both farm productivity and profitability. Under the propensity score matching method, the use of the TMR feeding practice has an economically significant effect on farm profits (i.e., for average farm with approximately 73 cows, the use of TMR feeding practice increases farm profits by CAD$37,091.30/year approximately) and a statistically significant increase in milk production by 1075.41 hl/cow per year. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject Total Mixed Ration en_US
dc.subject Dairy Farms en_US
dc.subject Profitability en_US
dc.subject Productivity en_US
dc.subject Propensity Score Matching en_US
dc.title Adoption of Total Mixed Ration Practice and Profitability: The Case of Ontario Dairy Farms en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics en_US
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