Pasture-Based versus Conventional Milk Production: Where Is the Profit?

Costs and returns of pasture-based dairy production are compared with those of conventional production using matching samples. Both whole-farm and dairy enterprise-level estimates are made using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Resource Management Survey data. Conventional farms are matched to pasture-based farms on the basis of operation scale, scope, region, and farmer demographics and adoption of technology. Results show for pasture-based production lower net farm income on per-cow, per-hundredweight milk produced, and total bases. On an enterprise basis, results show for pasture-based production, higher net return over operating cost and lower net return over total cost per hundredweight milk produced.


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Issue Date:
2014-11
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/189084
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 46, Number 4
Page range:
543-558
Total Pages:
15
JEL Codes:
Q10; Q12
Series Statement:
46
4




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